Physics High School Outreach Programs

Discover Physics @ SFU - New!

Discover Physics @SFU will be held on October 20, 2017 in Room P9412 in the Physics Department at the SFU Burnaby Campus

Workshop Schedule

10:00-10:15 Registration & Snacks
10:15-10:30 Welcome & Learn About SFU Physics 
10:30-11:00 Research talk
11:00-12:15 Lab tours
12:15-12:45 Pizza Lunch
12:45-1:30 Observatory tour
1:30-2:30 Attend PHYS 201 - Undergraduate Seminar Class for Physics Majors
2:30-3:00 "What Can You Do With a Physics Degree?"

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Girls Exploring Physics

Girls Exploring Physics is a free workshop for girls in grades 9 and 10 held at the SFU Burnaby campus. This half-day workshop includes two hands-on activity sessions in physics. There will also be a discussion of the career opportunities available to students who study physics at the university level. During the lunch provided to the participants they will have a chance to interact informally with women physics faculty and students from SFU. 

Please click here for more details.

"Thank you so much for organizing science workshops for high school students! Without the GEP Workshop, I wouldn't have considered physics as a career option."

Sarah, Grade 9 student, Moscrop Secondary School.

Exploring Energy

This workshop will cover energy in terms of conversion, consumption and conservation. Some of the questions that will be explored and demonstrated are:

  • How much water does the water turbine need to light the LED strips?
  • Make a wind turbine generate enough power to play a song
  • How hot do black and white plates get?
  • Demonstration of the greenhouse effect
  • How much energy does it take to light a 60 watt bulb?

This two-hour workshop is suitable for students in Grades 7-12. Maximum 32 students.

There are four activity stations including wind energy, fuel cell car and solar energy, zero to low carbon emission policies and hydro station. 

Click here to enroll your class.

This workshop is run in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at SFU.

Saturday Morning Lectures

TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU are proud to present the Saturday morning lecture series on Frontiers of Modern Physics. The lectures will be at a level appropriate for high school students and members of the general public.  Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for admittance, however please register for tickets below.

Note that lectures are held in two locations: TRIUMF (on the UBC Campus) and at the SFU Surrey Campus. Some lectures are being repeated on different dates at these locations, but some are not - please look carefully to note one-time-only lectures.

To register, visit Eventbrite

Cosmology for the Curious Mind

This lecture provides basic introduction into what we know about our universe and how this knowledge is obtained. What does it mean to have an expanding universe? Was there a Big Bang? Are Dark Matter and Dark Energy real? These are some of the questions that will be discussed.

This lecture is available for kindergarten to grade 12 classes. Teachers interested in bringing their classes should email to register.

Instructor Dr. Levon Pogosian is a physicist, cosmologist and an Associate Professor in the Physics department of SFU.

The class is offered free of charge and is held in the Trottier Studio for Innovative Education at the Burnaby campus. This event is approximately an hour and a half in length.

Click here to enroll your class.

Lasers in Action

The workshop brings key topics from the BC Grade 8 Science curriculum into focus and gives examples of the important role light & lasers play in our daily lives. Topics include: light as energy, reflection, refraction, total internal reflection, the electromagnetic spectrum and colour.

What does the workshop consist of?

Students are divided into five groups. (Maximum 45 children/workshop)

The first 20 minutes of the workshop consist of several instructor led demonstrations where students are asked questions to probe their current understanding and to get them thinking in a scientific manner.

In the second part of the workshop, the groups rotate through five stations of activities. Each station is intended to last 10-15 minutes. At the end of the rotations, the groups are brought back together for a question-and-answer period concerning the activities of the day.

This 2 hour workshop is suitable for students from Grades 4-9 and available from 10am - 12 noon Tuesday-Friday.

This workshop is also available for elementary school children. Click here.

Click here to enroll your class.