Physics Department

News and Press Releases

January 2, 2014

ISU Physics Club Receives National Award

The Idaho State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the 2013 Outstanding Chapter Award from the National Society of Physics Students and the American Physical Society. According to Dr. Steve Shropshire, the faculty advisor for the club, SPS Outstanding Chapters are determined each academic year after a careful review of the information, photos and supporting material presented in annual Chapter Reports. Criteria for the award includes: 1) Involvement in local, regional, and national SPS meetings, as well as other professional meetings, 2) Participation in SPS programs. 3) Outreach efforts to the grades K-12 or the general public, 4) Participation in community service, 5) Contributions to student recruitment and retention, 6) Participation in social events, and 7) Interactions with the department's alumni. ISU’s club was specifically recognized for its Haunted Science Lab, where SPS members, with the help of the Pocatello Kiwanis Club, maintained a set of interactive spooky science exhibits for school field trips for two weeks in October 2012, and open to the public on the Saturday before Halloween.  Also mentioned in the award was the Eastern Idaho Science Olympiad they organized, events at the 2013 Idaho Science and Engineering Festival, public demonstration shows, outreach to public and private schools, and demonstration postings on Youtube.

September 27, 2014

ISU Physics and Pocatello Kiwanis To Host a Haunted Science Lab

The ISU Society of Physics Students, the Kiwanis Club of Pocatello, and the ISU Department of Physics will be hosting a Haunted Science Laboratory exhibit open to the public on Saturday, October 26, 3:00 - 9:00 pm at the old Carquest warehouse, 1161 Wilson Ave. in Pocatello, one block west of the Pizza Hut on Yellowstone. The Haunted Laboratory features interactive exhibits designed to delight, fright, and educate kids of all ages.   Exhibits include a Van deGraaf generator, lasers moving to music, and lots of cool illusions with smoke and mirrors.  Several exhibits use the same principles of those of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, except that here they are explained!   The exhibits are also open to schools and educational groups at no charge by appointment Monday, October 21 through Friday, October 25.  The entrance fee on Saturday will be $3 per person, or $7 per family (limit 6). All proceeds will go to Kiwanis supported charities benefiting southeast Idaho Children. For more information about the exhibit or to schedule a school field trip, contact Dr. Steve Shropshire in the ISU Department of Physics at shrostev@isu.edu or 282-2212.

June 13, 2013

ISU Physics to Offer Water Rocket Festival

Students and faculty of the ISU Department of Physics will offer a free water rocket workshop in Tydeman Park at 8th Ave. and East Young St. in Pocatello on June 22 & 23, 9:00 am – 11:30 pm.  Materials will be provided to the first 100 teens 16 and younger each day to construct one water rocket apiece.  ISU students will assist in rocket construction, and provide simple demonstrations of the physics involved in making a good rocket.  Participants will keep the rocket they construct, and compete in a competition to see whose rocket travels the greatest distance.  Participants will also be provided with instructions on how to build an inexpensive water rocket launcher powered by a bicycle pump.  This event will be in conjunction with the Pocatello Kiwanis Club 46th annual pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser.  For more information, contact Dr. Steve Shropshire at shrostev@isu.edu or 282-2212.


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