Saturday Morning Astrophysics

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Saturday Morning Astrophysics at Purdue (SMAP) is a monthly program for Indiana high school and upper level middle school students offered by Purdue University Physics and Astronomy Outreach. We draw from current research, resources and expertise from within the department and across the Purdue community to introduce and explore concepts related to astronomy and/or astrophysics at a level appropriate to our participants. Our goal is to engage grade 6-12 students with learning experiences that are not typically a part of classroom instruction. For example, students will learn about the formation and evolution of our solar system, how we know "what's out there," as well less familiar topics, like the birth and death of stars or the search for iniquitous dark matter.

Purdue researchers and scientists will introduce each SMAP session with the topic of the month and then introduce an experiment or activity in which students will work together to further explore relevant concepts.

SMAP is offered on the second Saturday of each month beginning in September and running through May. Registration for SMAP will remain open throughout the semester until we reach the maximum number of students we can accommodate. Even if you cannot attend one or more sessions, you are welcome to register for any remaining sessions at any time. You only need to register once. Registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

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There is no charge to participate in SMAP, but you must register.

We'll provide the details for each of the sessions, classroom locations, parking information, things you might need to bring, and other relevant information in a follow-up email on the acceptance of your registration prior to the first SMAP session.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. David Sederberg
Purdue University Physics and Astronomy Outreach

The SMAP calendar for the 2017-2018 academic year can be viewed using the link.

Learn about past SMAP events.

We have currently reached the maximum number of students we can accommodate in our program for the semester. If you would like to be added to our waitlist, please complete the registration below.

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Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017 8:51 AM