The ISU Society of Physics Students (SPS) has earned the Blake Lilly Award by the American Institute of Physics for their science outreach to Idaho schools and community groups, and public science presentations.
Club members and physics faculty visit more than 40 schools and community groups a year for science presentations, activities, and workshops. They also organize a “Punk’n Chuck” competition and the Southeast Idaho Science Olympics, and present an annual public science demonstration show on the ISU campus.
The club is one of five SPS chapters nationwide to receive this award in 2011.
The Blake Lilly Prize recognizes SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics.
An article on the ISU club’s activities is posted on the National SPS web page at http://www.spsnational.org/programs/awards/2011/blake_lilly.htm, and will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of the “SPS Observer.” The award consists of a plaque and a three-volume set of the Feynman Lectures on Physics.