Introduction to Plasma Sciences Expo
Student Plasma Expo Days
October 26-27, 2017
Who should attend?
Middle and high school students and teachers can register to attend during school hours. A special evening Expo for the general public will be offered on Thursday evening from 6 pm -8:00 pm. There is no registration required for the Thursday evening Expo. (See registration procedures below)
is Plasma Sciences Expo?
Plasma Sciences Expo is an exhibition that focuses on
hands-on science education. It is for students at all levels,
parents, teachers and the general public. Examples of activities are:
Make lightning with
a Van de Graaff generator.
Observe your fluctuating body temperature
on a special monitor.
Participate in a "flow bubble" demonstration.
Watch an electromagnetic wave demonstration.
Learn how to confine plasmas magnetically
in a fusion device by participating in a computer simulation.
Meet and talk with professional scientists and engineers
in the field of plasma physics and visit their displays to learn
about current research in this cutting-edge field.
Play with plasma
Contributing laboratories, industries, academic institutions,
and government agencies include: University of California, San Diego;
General Atomics; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Princeton
Plasma Physics Laboratory; Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Oak Ridge Institute
for Science Education; Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP);
Sandia National Laboratories; U.S. Department of Energy's Office of
Fusion Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy Defense programs,
and many more.
You must register
your students for Plasma Sciences Expo using the Plasma Sciences Expo Registration
Due to overwhelming demand and an effort to accommodate as many deserving students as possible, we must limit
attendance at the Plasma Sciences Expo to three buses per day per school. We may revise this limit as we approach
the event if we feel we can accommodate more. Because the Expo requires some active participation from those
attending, we recommend students be selected for this field trip based on their interest in physical sciences.
for the Plasma Sciences Expo will be confirmed
on a first come basis.
School groups 8:00 am to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Arrival and departure schedules are a must in order to ensure that all students
enjoy a quality visit with the scientists and the Plasma Sciences Expo exhibits.
School visits are scheduled in 90 minute intervals. We normally do not ask a group to leave,
but staying as close as possible to the schedule is crucial for the enjoyment
of all attending.
Another option for visiting the Plasma Sciences Expo with less time restriction
is Thursday evening.
Public: 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. , Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 Parents, students, teacher, and the community, and other interested parties are invited to this special evening event. Teachers
in other cities have encouraged students to attend the evening session
with their parents when a class trip was not possible. A few bonus points
are always a good