Good afternoon SPS Members,
On Friday, April 28, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) in conjunction with the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) will host the 2017 Six Flags Physics Day. Hundreds of K-12 students will be invited to Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, MD for a fun and educational day of roller coasters, calculations, demonstrations, and competitions. Students will be chaperoned by their teachers and APS, AAPT, and SPS staff, however, we need help from our SPS members (students, alumni, advisors, mentors, and friends alike!) to make this event particularly special!
So, what can you do:
During the event, table stations will be set-up around 4 different roller coasters, including: VooDoo Drop, Apocalypse, Joker’s Jinx, and Superman. After a brief tutorial, volunteers will be split into 1 of 4 teams for each coaster. Event goers will have an opportunity to ride each of those 4 coasters and will be eager to learn the physics behind each ride. Your job would be to interact with students, teach them the physics behind the coaster (e.g., explaining acceleration, potential energy, kinetic energy, etc.), and help guide them through the data collection process. An accelerometer app will be available to each volunteer/student. Part of your job will also be to teach the students how to use the App and read the accelerometer. More information will be provided prior to the event and during volunteer training (the morning of the event).
The Six Flags America is located at: 13710 Central Avenue, Upper Marlboro, MD 20721. The park is located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor and is easily accessible via car. We ask that volunteers arrive no later than 9:30 am on April 28 for a brief training in anticipation of the park’s official opening at 10:30 am. The event ends at 2:30 pm. However, all volunteers will be able to stay and ride coasters and take data on your own phone, until the park closes, at 6:00 pm. As an additional perk, all volunteers will receive vouchers for free lunch, snacks, and break time.
What to do if you are interested:
We could really use 20-30 volunteers for this event. It’s a fun opportunity to engage with youth and discuss physics… and it’s a free way to enjoy an amusement park! If you are interested, please fill out the Google Form by Thursday, April 20. Please also feel free to forward this invitation to others in your network. We’d really appreciate stellar representation from our local MD/VA/DC/PA chapters, so sign up today!
James Merrick, MPA
Program Manager, Society of Physics Students
American Institute of Physics, Education Division
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Tel: + 1 301-209-3083
Questions? Email us.
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