The outermost images show a hair dryer being used to float ping-pong balls in mid-air to illustrate a balance of forces (gravity vs. drag).  This mirrors the forces that levitate charged particles in a dusty plasma.  Auburn CPU2AL members are showing participants how to use their hands to focus the air column and cause the ball to float higher. The middle image shows CPU2AL members observing the growth of plasma treated seeds.

Upcoming Outreach Events

July 10-15, 2022

Alabama STEM Week

Outreach Highlights

 Plasma Science Expo                    Teacher’s Workshop on Nanoscience
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2018 Tech Trek
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Past Outreach Events

June 18, 2020

Watch Party: Black Hole Apocalypse

July 16, 2020

Watch Party: TBA

August 20, 2020

Watch Party: TBA

April 3 - 4, 2019

2019 NSF EPSCoR CPU2AL Science and Technology Open House

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center/ Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
Mobile, AL

September 7-8,  2018

Science and Technology Open House (STOH)

Montgomery, Alabama

June 10 - 16, 2018

Tech Trek Camp

Huntsville, Alabama


June and July 2018

Science Matters: Summer Academy for Elementary Students


  • Derek Visits Science Matters Camp in Auburn!


 Auburn, Alabama

October 26-27, 2017

Plasma Science Expo: American Physical Society 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

September 22, 2017

Destination S.T.E.M.

Auburn, AL