The Science Education Laboratory is a fusion (pun intended) of research between education and plasma science. This unique facility includes a teaching laboratory/classroom, two research labs, a storage/prep room. The research is currently centered upon a creation of new demos for the plasma physics community such as: dusty plasmas, plasma speakers, remote control of plasmas for educational purposes, atmospheric plasmas and 3D printing. Undergraduate and advanced high school students plan all work, formulate research goals, assemble all apparatus, collaborate with scientists and engineers, critique and evaluate each other’s work, write papers, and make oral and poster presentations. Simultaneously, the open layout for educational workshops fosters communication between participants, master teachers, and student researchers to create a unique learning environment for teachers and students of all abilities. We started off with a single room in 2001 and moved into our current space in 2006. You can find a gallery of photos that document our history here.
Our current research projects include: