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Physics and Astronomy Outreach

Astronomy Outreach Programs

Information on public astronomy observing programs, the department's planetarium, astronomy presentations, resources for educators, and special public programs is available on the Space Science Outreach Page.

Other astronomy programs, appropriate for all audiences, are:

  • Exploring the Solar System
  • Missions to Mars
  • Return to The Moon
  • Building and Launching Model Rockets
  • Star Parties

Contact Paul Lewis ( or 865-974-9601) for more information on astronomy outreach.

Physics Outreach Programs

Physics faculty and instructors give presentations to local schools, and our Society of Physics Students has a strong outreach mission, as evidenced through their physics demos at Market Square in downtown Knoxville, their work with the MUSE Knoxville, and the annual Pumpkin Drop at Halloween.

West High School & L&N STEM Academy

The West High School & L&N STEM Physics Academy program is dedicated to create communication between UT Physics faculty and high school teachers and students. As part of the program, interested UT physics faculty members will present lectures in school classrooms. This will create a great opportunity for high school students to interact with physicists and to learn more about their research, and STEM fields in general. We hope that this program will motivate enough interest in students to join the UT undergraduate physics program.

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