Reach for the Stars
Prof. Vicky Kalogera leads a GK-12 program called Reach for the Stars: Computational Models for Teaching and Learning in Physics, Astronomy and Computer Science. Funded by the NSF with support from CIERA and Northwestern University, this NSF program places STEM graduate student fellows in K-12 science classrooms for the academic year with the goal of enriching their education and strengthening their development as researchers by advancing their communication and teaching skills.
Science in Society
Our faculty have contributed to Northwestern's Science in Society, a web-based science outreach initiative. Jens Koch was featured in "Science Kids Embark on a Physics Adventure" for an event he hosted where middle school students were invited to experience the unusual properties of low-temperature materials. André de Gouvêa, Ian Low, and Tim Tait cowrote the article "Big Ideas, Small Particles", discussing the physics we hope to explore with the European-built Large Hadron Collider. Heidi Schellman wrote "From a Physicist's Mind" which discusses how physics research is connected to everything from MRI scanners to the Internet.
Observing at Dearborn Observatory
The department holds public observing hours on most Fridays during the school year in historic Dearborn Observatory.
Since 2001, the Department has hosted annual Heilborn Lectures every spring. These lectures always include a talk intended for the public.