Teachers Day News Release
For additional information in English:
Don Correll, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
925-422-6784 (before 10/20); 418-692-3861 (hotel Le Chateau Frontenac number during meeting)
Randy Atkins, American Physical Society ,301-209-3238
Ben Stein, American Institute of Physics, 301-209-3091
Réjean Boivin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
617-253-8695 (before 10/20); 418-692-3861 (hotel Le Chateau Frontenac number during meeting)
Québec Students and Teachers to Participate at International Physics Meeting
More than 150 science teachers from around Québec will be attending a Science Teachers Day on Tuesday, October 24, sponsored by the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics (APS-DPP) as part of their joint international meeting (APS-DPP00) with the International Congress on Plasma Physics (ICPP). Almost 1800 papers on plasma physics will be presented from October 23-27 at the Québec Convention Center. Plasmas are the gases of charged particles which make up the stars, play an integral role in the manufacture of computer chips, and promise to supply the world with renewable power in the form of fusion energy.
Canadian teachers are responding in record numbers for this special day, which has been part of every APS -DPP meeting since 1988. They will receive hands-on training in the science of plasmas. In preparation for this outreach, the APS-DPP education committee has been translating many of their materials into French over the past year. Bilingual translators will also be on hand to help clarify information presented in the morning workshops and afternoon sessions, with topics ranging from the electromagnetic spectrum to fluid instabilities. A "mini-exposition" will feature posters, hands-on workshops, and local school exhibits for the teachers attending Science Teachers Day, as well as the scientists attending the technical meeting.
Outreach will continue during the entire week when educators from participating laboratories will bring their hands-on tools into local schools. Laboratories involved in these outreach activities include General Atomics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the University of Wisconsin and the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. (MORE)
The schedule for the day is listed below. Reporters interested in attending should contact Réjean Boivin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 617-253-8695 [before 10/20]; 418-692-3861 [hotel Le Chateau Frontenac number during meeting]
APS-DPP Science Teachers Day:
- 08:30 to 09:00 - Registration and Hospitality
- 09:00 to 09:15 - APS-DPP Welcome
- 09:15 to 10:00 - Introduction to Plasmas and Fusion
- 10:00 to 10:15 - Coffee Break
- 10:15 to 12:00 - Workshops
- 12:15 to 13:15 - Complimentary Lunch with DPP Scientists
- 13:15 to 13:30 - Intro to Education & Outreach Poster Session/’Mini’ Expo
- 13:45 to 15:45 - Workshop Demonstrations/’Mini’ Expo
- 15:45 to 16:00 - Coffee Break
- 16:00 to 17:30 - Education Outreach Poster Sessions
Science Teachers’ Day is sponsored jointly by the APS Office of Education, DPP, DPP member/institutional contributions in support of DPP education and outreach, and the Department of Energy. Meeting attendees are invited and encouraged to meet the local science teachers during the Education and Outreach Poster Session on Tuesday. The DPP00 education group membership includes the staff from General Atomics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, MIT, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, The University of Texas, the US Department of Energy, UC-San Diego, and various universities and industries. The DP00 education group is under the direction of the DPP Science Education committee, chaired by Don Correll.
The APS, with over 42,000 members, is the largest professional organization in the world devoted to physics, and DPP is one of its largest divisions.
A meeting that occurs every two years, the International Congress on Plasma Physics is organized under the authority of a 55-member International Advisory Committee and is also associated with IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics).