Check out our recent annual report submitted to SPS National. The following link covers nearly everything our chapter has recently done.

2016-2017 Chapter report

School Outreach

Pond Gap Elementary

Learn about our multi-disciplinary outreach effort known as Science Saturday.

If you or someone you know would like SPS to show demos at a local school (any student age group), please let us know by filling out this Google form for outreach request. We hope to inspire students to consider science for future study and interest. This is a great way to conduct outreach at the grassroots level!

Demos For the local community

Downtown Knoxville

Once each month, several SPS members set up physics-related demonstrations in Market Square. Our goal is to promote public interest in science by sparking curiosity and encouraging people to learn why things happen in certain ways. Demos also advocate the scientific thinking process that applies to many areas in life. We achieve these goals by interacting with one person at a time! The calendar lists Knoxville farmers' market and The Muse Knoxville demo days as well.

Everyone is welcome to join and participate!

the muse knoxville science museum

During specified Saturday mornings, SPS will host a demo table at the family friendly Muse. The purpose is the same as the Market Square appearances except the audience here is mostly developing children and their families/friends. You can practice interacting with the public while building communication skills, and you can probe curiosity for interest in science. After the August 19 appearance at this event, we have enriched and interacted with over 1,000 people! This number can continue to rise with more volunteers participating. Both children and their parents can learn something new and exciting from our demos. Please check the calendar for these appearances.

Physics Journal club

New from the spring 2016 semester, several SPS members decided to start a new student organization. These students read a selected physics-related journal publication each week, and they discuss interesting concepts, research methods, results etc. with faculty member Dr. Lucas Platter. If you would like to keep up with the modern trends of physics research and gain relevant experience probing academic papers, please contact Brandon Barker (see executive board page for contact info), and join these discussion sessions on Wednesdays at 3:30 PM in Nielson room 307.

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
— Richard Feynman