The Physics Department is engaged in several outreach activities and programs designed to bring physics knowledge to the general public and promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) interest and learning among students.
Members of the UIC Physics Department are happy to visit Chicago-area K-12 schools to present introductory talks on a broad range of subjects including "The Mysteries of the Quantum World", "Everything Nano", and "Superconductivity or how electrons learned to dance in unison". To schedule a presentation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several UIC Physics faculty are also members ofInstitute for Solar Photovoltaic Innovation, Research, and Edu-training (InSPIRE) http://www.inspireillinois.org/. This non-profit organization's mission is to promote research, development, workforce training, and technology commercialization within the solar and renewable energy industry. Talks and meetings on renewable energy can be arranged by contacting InSPIRE at http://www.inspireillinois.org/contact-us.html.
The UIC Physics Department is also engaged in the professional development of science teachers through offering education courses to help teachers meet certification requirements for teaching in elementary or secondary schools. Please see here.
UIC is situated in the world-class city of Chicago, which offers a large number of additional physics learning opportunities, including:
The goal of the Illinois Science Council, of which UIC is a collaborator, is to develop casual events for adults that bring scientists and engineers face to face with people who want to cultivate their innate curiosity about science.
Saturday Morning Physics at Fermilab is a free of charge series of nine lectures and tour visits given by Fermilab scientists (which include UIC Physics faculty members) with the purpose of furthering the understanding and appreciation of modern physics among high school students. The lectures are aimed at high school students without any previous scientific knowledge. Please also see Fermilab's annual open house http://ed.fnal.gov/ffse/openhouse/.
Chicago boasts the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere. Its mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational, is realized through world-class exhibits.
The mission of the Adler Planetarium is to inspire exploration and understanding of our universe. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in science.
The world-class Art Institute of Chicago offers Science Art & Technology classes, including "Art and Astronomy" and â€œThe Chemistry and Physics of Light and Color"