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2012.11.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO, Lewis and Clark Make Science Fun With ‘Physics in a Box’

Omaha - Making physics fun is the focus of a service-learning project between students from University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Department of Physics and Lewis and Clark Middle School students.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. both student groups will meet in the Milo Bail Student Center Council Room, on UNO’s Dodge Street campus, to celebrate the completion of the project, known as “Physics in a Box.” For the project each group of middle school students, led by a UNO team captain, created a box that contains the necessary materials to conduct an experiment based on Newton’s Laws of Physics.

Using Newton’s Laws, the boxes demonstrate that physics can be hands-on and experiments can be both educational and entertaining. The completed boxes will be presented to friends and family at UNO during the celebration and eventually donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Omaha.

The project is coordinated by UNO's Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative, which facilitates partnerships between the university and (Pre)K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

For more information, please contact:
Laura Krueger, Service Learning Academy, 402.554.2712 or lkrueger@unomaha.edu;
Iulia Podariu, UNO Associate Professor of Physics, 402.554.2639 or ipodariu@unomaha.edu;
Andrew Karmazin, International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Lewis and Clark Middle School, 402.554.4300 or andrew.karmazin@ops.org;
David Patton, Omaha Public Schools, 402.557.2340 or david.patton@ops.org.

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