Education in sciences of interest for stewardship science begins before graduate school. Research shows under-representation of females and minorities starting at or before high school math and science classes. CENTAUR members and institutions sponsor outreach activities to attract young students to sciences of interest before this sorting occurs. These outreach activities help encourage high school students to consider careers related to nuclear physics, including those in stewardship science.
At Florida State University, the John D. Fox Superconducting Linear Accelerator Laboratory hosts outreach events including Saturday Morning Physics for high school students and a week-long summer camp for rising ninth graders.
The inaugural Nuclear Medicine and Science Camp was hosted on FSU’s campus in Panama City, Florida on July 23 – 27, 2018. The four day camp focused efforts on rising ninth graders in the Bay County School District to engage students in STEM classes. Two physics teachers from the school district’s lowest income high school, Rutherford High School and a Rutherford IB graduate starting as a physics major at FSU ran the camp, with support from CENTAUR faculty at FSU.
Improving student preparation for STEM field college majors, the 28,000 student school district anticipates approximately 500 students taking high school physics this fall. At FSU’s Panama City campus, Bay County high school students will have access to radiation monitors, sources and gamma-ray spectroscopy equipment used during the camp through the “STEM Closet” program, to enhance classroom learning during the school year.
Cyclotron Institute at Texas A&M University provides facility tours for students from high school to graduate school, with 640 people visiting the building in 2018.
The students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Texas A&M do research with faculty for the summer. Part of this program includes Street Physics each summer, engaging community members of all ages at First Friday in downtown Bryan, Texas.
Texas A&M also hosts Saturday Morning Physics community lectures.