Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCKs)

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Science Outreach Catalyst Kits, or SOCKs, are free to SPS chapters (while supplies last) and contain an exploratory physics and science activity that is specifically designed for SPS chapters to use in outreach presentations to elementary, middle and high school students. Each SOCK comes with the essential materials to conduct a set of demonstrations, a comprehensive manual, and instructions on how to expand the demonstration to become a tried-and-true outreach activity. It's designed for chapters just starting out or those who are demo pros. SOCKs are designed and implemented annually by the SPS National interns and SPS National office staff.

SOCK 2022

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The 2023-2024 SOCK focuses on Eclipses in preparation for the solar eclipses happening soon! There is an annular eclipse on October 14th, 2023 and a total eclipse on April 8th, 2024. This kit is designed to provide SPS groups with a full table set up at a Physics Outreach Event for the general public and kids. There are several fun astronomy demonstrations in the kit designed for all ages along with other engagement tools! The demos include write ups and videos that explain the physics behind the demo. See below for more information on what is included in this year's SOCK!
Demos Included:
Soda Straw Rocket: Build a rocket and learn about the forces that govern our world!
Planet Deformation: Learn how the rotation of Earth creates a bulge at the equator. 
Explaining Eclipses: Learn about how scientists study Eclipses and use eclipses to study exoplanets and multiple star systems!
Have fun!

Copy of the SOCK welcome letter.

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Explore SOCK kits from previous years here.