* Physics Outreach Program

- for surrounding Middle and High Schools


* Fun with Physics

- Annual family-friendly physics outreach event in Northern Virginia


* Prof. Vogelaar's Piano Tuning Demonstration

- learn to tune pianos using a laptop, a microphone, and a tuning hammer

Next Demonstration:

  • TBA

Past Demonstrations:



* Astronomy Outreach Program

Director: Prof. John Simonetti.

Public Open Houses at the Prices Fork Observatory are held on Friday evenings when classes are in session during the Fall and Spring Semesters, weather permitting. The person conducting the Open House will use the telescope to show various interesting objects visible in the night sky (the Moon, if visible, any visible planets, interesting stellar objects, nebulae, galaxies, any bright comets, etc.). Please go to the Prices Fork Observatory webpage for further details and directions to the observatory.

Compiled and answered by Prof. John Simonetti.

A web-based image processing tool by Prof. John Simonetti.



* Honors

Simonetti Outreach Award

Prof. Simonetti (right) received the 2009 College of Science Award for Outreach Excellence for his extensive outreach efforts. Pictured here with Dean Lay Nam Chang (left) of the College of Science. Date: September 22, 2009.


Peebles Outreach Award

The Physics Outreach Team received the 2011 College of Science Award for Outreach Excellence. Outreach coordinator Josh Peebles (right) receives the award for the Team from Prof. Nancy Ross, COS Associate Dean for research, graduate studies, and outreach (left). Date: September 28, 2011.



* Other

  • Café Scientifique Blacksburg

Talks on a variety of science topics for the general public at a local restaurant. Hosted by VBI.

Note: the cafe is now defunct. Awaiting a new sponsor.

Prof. Patrick Huber presents a talk on neutrinos at the Blacksburg Café Scientifique, January 26, 2010, at the Awful Arthur's Restaurant in downtown Blacksburg.



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