Acoustics Demonstrations for Middle and High Schoolers
For the past 25 years, as part of the biannual ASA meetings, the EdCom has hosted a hands-on demonstration session for middle/high-school students. The demonstrations are led by members of the Society who introduce the students to physics and the exciting world of acoustics; for most of the students, this is the very first time that they have seen any acoustics at all. In its current iteration, the session includes a hands-on tutorial, interactive demonstrations, and a panel discussion about careers in acoustics. The primary goals of this session are to expose young people to opportunities in science and engineering and to provide them an opportunity to interact with professionals in many areas of acoustics. Typically, nearly fifty students from a school local to the meeting attend the session, with the ASA providing a pizza lunch and bus transportation to the conference center. This is one of the EdCom’s longest-running and most successful programs, and it is a fantastic way to introduce young people to the science of the ASA. Anyone interested in helping during this exciting session at an upcoming ASA meeting should contact the EdCom committee <education@acousticalsociety.