Physics & Astronomy faculty and students lead a variety of outreach programs for local, national, and international communities. The Department has shared a 40-year history with Lincoln Public Schools beginning with the Saturday Science program and expanding to all Nebraska public schools with the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project and other programs. The Department continues to develop innovative ways to bring science to the general public.
Fifth- and sixth-grade Lincoln Public School students spend two hours in the Department of Physics & Astronomy for four consecutive Saturdays each February.
College and University
Science Educators and Adults
Cosmic Ray Observatory Project
Each summer, Nebraska hosts high school teachers and students to learn about cosmic rays and to develop the detection/GIS systems necessary to install cosmic ray detectors.
Astronomers host a workshop each fall, featuring visiting astronomers and area high school and college instructors, as well as a summer camp for high school students.
Funsize Physics communicates condensed matter and materials research to a broad audience. It features short, accessible physics descriptions and how-to guides.
Professor Timothy Gay presented a 60-second physics lesson via HuskerVision to a stadium of 76,000-plus fans. Since 2001, the concept has gone international with the NFL.