The idea of outreach is an effort to broaden the understanding of and appreciation for science, or participation in science, amongst people outside of one’s regular classroom. Outreach can include science activities that involve the public, school groups, community groups, and more.
Examples of outreach include involvement in large, long-standing events like science fairs, science olympics, science rendezvous, and science contests. These events exist due to the leadership and volunteer efforts of teachers.
Other examples of outreach are more local and personal. Teachers and their students might bring science activities to nearby elementary schools. Teachers might organize public events like star parties. Teachers might collaborate with those in other disciplines and have their students create a physics art show, a series of short plays about key moments in science, or a regular blog about science in the news. There are many possibilities.
Interested candidates must complete this Google form by March 23, 2020. Applications will be kept in consideration for three years. Candidates may choose to update their applications each year.
The Patrick Whippey Award for Science Outreach is supported by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University, in recognition of our esteemed colleague Professor Patrick Whippey, as a tribute to his devotion to science education and outreach across Ontario and Canada. It will be presented to a teacher at the high school, college, or university level who has made a significant impact in physics or astronomy education outside of the classroom.