The KITP High School Enrichment Program (HSEP) provides opportunities for KITP postdocs and graduate fellows to present cutting-edge concepts in physics to local high school physics classes.
A typical presentation consists of 25-30 minutes of talk and physics activity plus 15 minutes devoted to discussion and direct student interaction and discussion. The "talk" is not just talking -- it is usually enlivened by student activity, tabletop experiments or demonstrations, handouts and diversions that engage students. (A longer format of 45 minutes of talk/activity + 30 minutes discussion is available for some topics.)
- Resonance and how particles are detected
- Quantum mechanics in your hand-held devices: Tunneling, semiconductors, and exotic quantum materials on the horizon
- Detecting exoplanets
- Simulating evolution in the computer
- Using string theory to make discoveries in math
- Fluids in motion: from your kitchen to the distant stars
- The physics of neurons and memory
If you are interested in the program, please contact Maggie Sherriffs at (805) 893-6332.