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World Year of Physics Projects

During 2005, the American Physical Society coordinated many projects designed to increase interest in physics and awareness of its importance in our world. Some of these projects were specific to WYP 2005, but others have become annual projects.

Continuing Projects

  • Adopt a Scientist
    In this World Year of Physics program, high school physics students around the country conducted email interviews with scientists in different fields. As the students report their findings to the class, the classes were exposed to the wide variety of careers available in science. This project has become an annual American Physical Society project.
  • Einstein@Home
    By downloading this fun and educational screensaver, you can contribute to gravitational wave research and help physicists analyze real gravitational wave data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).
  • Physics Trivia
    This is a fun and easy activity that you can do with your science classrooms -- physics trivia questions! Questions range in subject from Einstein to Galileo. Questions and answers have been provided for you.
  • PhysicsQuest
    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's 'miraculous year' of 1905, APS invited middle school students from all across the United States to participate in “PhysicsQuest: The Search for Albert Einstein’s Hidden Treasure.” Classes were provided with free kits leading them through the project.
  • Speakers Program
    This program is a great resource for schools and other groups looking for speakers on Einstein-related topics in their area.

Past Projects

  • AIP, SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma events
    The American Institute of Physics celebrated the World Year of Physics in a number of ways through its student organization The Society of Physics Students and the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma.
  • Einstein in the 21st Century Art Project
    In celebration of the World Year of Physics 2005, we commissioned a piece of artwork incorporating photographs of children from around the country. The work of art honors the 100th anniversary of Einstein's miraculous year in 1905 and encourages children to build on the science of the past for the future. In addition, corresponding posters were distributed to schools, museums, and other educational institutions nationwide.
  • Measure the Earth with Shadows
    Eratosthenes first measured the diameter of the Earth with an ingenious technique using just sticks, shadows and a little mathematics. Students, collaborating with others in distant schools, combined their efforts to recreate this experiment on the largest scale ever attempted.
  • Physics Across the World: International Poster Competition
    A poster competition for students aged 10 - 16 years was held to mark the World Year of Physics in 2005. Students created their own colorful posters to show how physics applications makes their lives better and has a positive impact on their everyday lives.
  • Physics Enlightens the World
    People across the world participated in a relay of light to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Albert Einstein's death on April 18, 2005.
  • Physics on the Road
    Universities and museums around the country expanded their touring programs in 2005, and incorporated special Einstein content in celebration of WYP 2005.
  • Reduced Gravity Experiments: High School Teachers, Research in Freefall with NASA
    This project challenged high school physics classes to design reduced-gravity laboratory experiments to be flown aboard NASA's flying, reduced-gravity laboratory.
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