HAO Outreach: 2020 Little Shop of Physics

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

High Altitude Observatory (HAO) staff was invited by UCAR Science Education to present “Space Weather” to the public at the Little Shop of Physics 29th Annual Open House at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins. It was the biggest and brightest open house they have had yet, which was attended by approximately 10,000 visitors. This was HAO’s first participation in this event and it was a lot of fun.

HAO scientists and engineers presented a variety of hands-on activities that highlighted various properties of light using an infrared camera, ultraviolet and optical emission lamps; numerous hands-on experiments for learning about magnetism and how it plays a fundamental role in the Sun and for the production of space weather. Kids and adults could learn how light and magnetism are used to study the Sun, the Earth and the Universe.

Thanks a lot to Joan Burkepile for organizing the HAO table and to UCAR Science Eductaion.

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Photograph of Astrid Maute instructing children at 2020 Little Shop of Physics
Astrid Maute (left) instructing children at 2020 Little Shop of Physics with hands-on activities
Photograph of children 2020 Little Shop of Physics
Photograph of children at 2020 Little Shop of Physics with hands-on activities
Photograph of Andrew Carlile instructing children at 2020 Little Shop of Physics with hands-on activities
Andrew Carlile (left) instructing children at 2020 Little Shop of Physics with hands-on activities (Ricky Egeland in background)
Photograph of children 2020 Little Shop of Physics
Photograph of Ricky Egeland (left) mentoring children at 2020 Little Shop of Physics with hands-on activities

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