Teachers' Day News Release
California Teachers and Students
To Experience Exciting Science Demos
At National Physics Meeting
"Plasma Science" Can Satisfy California State Science Standards while Providing a Stimulating Learning Environment
College Park, MD (October 22, 2001)-- California teachers and students will experience hands-on science demonstrations and workshops at one of the largest physics meetings this year, to be held in Long Beach from October 29-November 2, 2001. Middle- and high-school teachers will attend a Science Teachers Day on Tuesday, October 30, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach, 300 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, California. Teachers, students and members of the general public will take part in a hands-on Plasma Science Expo, featuring demos from national and international physics laboratories and universities, on November 1 and November 2, at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California. These events are part of the 43rd annual meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics (APS-DPP), which features 1600 technical papers.
Student and teacher activities will focus upon plasmas, the gases of charged particles which make up all 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.
Science Teachers Day has been part of every APS-DPP meeting since 1988.
Participating in a day-long series of workshops, teachers will learn how the relevant and exciting topic of plasma science can be integrated into the classroom while satisfying California State Science Standards. Scientists from national laboratories will demonstrate how plasmas improve people's daily lives, and how future energy needs could be satisfied by fusion energy research being undertaken around the world. The agenda for this program, which takes place October 30 from 7:30 AM to 4PM.
Teachers, students of every level, and all members of the general public are invited to The Plasma Sciences Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center. This free exhibition focuses on hands-on science education. Attendees will make actual lightning with a Van de Graaff generator. They will observe their wavering body temperatures on a special monitor. They can manipulate plasmas with magnets, and discover what NASA is learning about plasmas in space. They will talk to professional plasma physicists to learn about current research in this cutting edge field. Hours for teachers and students are November 1 and 2 from 8:30 AM-2 PM (free registration for these special hours is required). Hours for all members of the general public, including teachers and students, are 6:30-8:30 PM on November 1. No registration is required for the general public attending Thursday evening, November 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The full set of science education activities for teachers, students, and the public can be viewed.
Laboratories involved in the Plasma Expo include the University of Southern California, San Diego; General Atomics; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Plasma Science and Fusion Center; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP); the US Department of Energy's Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, and many more.
Science Teachers' Day is sponsored jointly by the American Physical Society Office of Education and Outreach, the U.S. Department of Energy, American Physical Society/Division of Plasma Physics, Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP), European Atomic Energy Commission, General Atomics, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lehigh University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NASA-Goddard Space Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, University of Alaska, University of California, San Diego, University of Texas.
The APS, with over 41,000 members, is the largest professional organization in the world devoted to physics, and DPP is one of its largest divisions with 2,474 members.
For additional information please contact:
Don Correll (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
APS-DPP Education and Outreach Chair
925-422-6784 [before 10/26];
562-491-1234 [Hyatt Regency Long Beach during meeting, 10/29 - 11/2]
Ben Stein, American Institute of Physics, 301-209-3091
James Riordon, 301-209-3092