ScholarShift Stories: Physics Force

January 11, 2018

Students attend engaging show at the University of Minnesota.

Interested students joined Shattuck-St. Mary’s BioScience Center of Excellence members for Physics Force, an entertaining and educational live show on Wednesday, January 10 at the Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus.

Offered as a ScholarShift module, Physics Force teaches science through a series of provocative live demonstrations that cover topics including waves and sound, air pressure, the Bernoulli Effect, projectile motion, and inertia. The demos are intended to be engaging to the audience, and to spur an excitement and passion for science in attending students.

Physics Force is an outreach program coordinated through the University of Minnesota with the primary goal of generating interest in science for students in grades K-12. The program is supported by the School of Physics and Astronomy, the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and the University of Minnesota’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the 3M company. Demos are performed by “the Force,” an impressive collection of area high school science instructors and college professors.

Shows will continue at Northrop through Saturday (including two shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on 1/13) followed by scheduled shows in Rochester, Minn. on May 17-18.


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