The Physics Factory provides many opportunities for teachers and students to learn more about the physical sciences. Physics Factory instructors lead a team of mentors; these mentors work with students, and students present concepts to their peers through dramatic demonstrations.
Our mentors develop the tools they need to understand and demonstrate physical concepts effectively and safely. Workshops, networking, and information services help teachers expand their knowledge as they prepare to bring new concepts and methods to their classrooms.
Physics Factory mentors work with high school and college students to develop our compelling demonstrations. Through this process students become familiar with both physics concepts and the practical skills needed to build these unique displays.
This hands-on approach has proven highly successful, particularly for students who have found it difficult to excel in a regular classroom setting. Students can even earn college credit for their efforts at the Factory.
Student-built exhibits become part of The Physics Bus, our science museum on wheels. The eye-catching, vegetable-oil-powered bus makes frequent appearances at schools, fairs and other functions, helping make science accessible and unforgettable for area students. Staffed by student presenters and Physics Factory instructors, each Physics Bus show features electrifying exhibits that fire up even the most hard-to-please audiences.