Members of the Fort Hays State University physics and engineering club recently presented a seminar to nearly 100 gifted middle school students from all over Northwest Kansas at the Northwest Kansas Education Service Center in Oakley.
Each FHSU student taught a different session covering magnetism, electric effects, astrophysics, spectra physics, classical mechanics and the wave nature of light.
As part of the demonstrations, FHSU students used several instruments from the FHSU Physics Department including a Jacob's ladder, a Van de Graff generator, a laser and a planetarium.
" We want to get rid of the myth that physics is a scary subject and let people know just how fun and interesting it can be," said Jessica Orth, vice president of the club.
FHSU students who attended are listed below by hometown and classification:
Chino Valley, AZ: Alex Rudiger, sophomore.
Hays: Jessica Orth, junior, and Seth Toepfer, sophomore.
Plainville: Brett Waggoner, sophomore.
Topeka: Phil Hart, sophomore, 4113 S.E. 34th St.
Utica: Keith Albers, junior.