Outreach Events

Center for Energy Research members participate in outreach events and activities throughout the year, in order to spark student interest in STEM careers and share our research with the public. This is a listing of outreach-specific events, to view general CER events instead, visit the page here

Upcoming Outreach Events

MAR


04

Expanding Your Horizons

A Saturday workshop of hands-on activities led by STEM role models, for middle and high school girls. The event aims to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More event details available here.

CER members, Saikat Chakraborty Thakur and Rick Moyer, will lead at least 2 different workshops

WHEN:  March 4, 2017
WHERE:  University of San Diego (USD)

Past Events

FEB


07

Public Talk: Plasmas and Energy

Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, CER's Outreach Committee co-char, will give a public talk at San Diego Mesa College about Plasmas and Energy as part of their Science Lecture Series

WHEN:  February 7, 2017
WHERE:  San Diego Mesa College

FEB


04

2017 Statewide Research Symposium

Organized by California Alliance for Minorities Program (CAMP), the Statewide Research Symposium is an annual meeting where CAMP students and Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) graduate students from UC schools have the opportunity to present their research in oral or poster format.

Two CER members, Carlos Coimbra and Saikat Chakraborty Thakur, will be participating as judges at the symposium.

WHEN:  February 4, 2017
WHERE:  UC Irvine

JAN


25

San Diego High Tech Fair

The High Tech Fair's charter is to enlighten 7th12th grade students to the world of science and the possibilities of a scientific career. Local organizations provide the interactive experiences that allow students to view "real life" applications of what they may be learning in the classroom.

CER members managed a booth and demonstrated their research. This was led by Saikat Chakrabory Thakur and several volunteers (Shota, Chris, Pierre, David, Jonathan, Harker and Val) and assisted by Rick, Simon and John Holmes.

WHEN:  January 25-26, 2017
WHERE:  Balboa Park Activity Center, San Diego, CA

JAN


13

Partners in Science National Conference

As part of the Partners in Science National Conference, CER members participated by giving public talks and laboratory tours. This annual program allows high school science teachers to work alongside college or university scientists on real-world laboratory research of mutual interest.

Simon Bott-Suzuki organized a CER tour for 30 high school science teachers, Saikat Chakraborty Thakur gave a talk about CER on behalf of Director Farhat Beg, Steven Mayfield gave a talk on FF21, and Bill Torre gave tours of the micro grid and Carlos Coimbra's solar lab. Several teachers from the event are now working with CER members to develop energy related lectures for their students. View the event program here.

WHEN:  January 13, 2017
WHERE:  San Diego, CA

2016

MAR


05

Expanding Your Horizons

A one-day event at USD that encouraged middle and high school girls to consider careers in STEM, early enough to impact their math and science course selection in high school. CER volunteers led workshops focused on energy, electricity, motors, dynamos, and plasma science.

WHEN:  March 5, 2016
WHERE:  University of San Diego (USD)

2015

OCT


13

High Tech Fair

The San Diego Science Alliance puts on this annual fair for middle and high schoolers with over 60 interactive exhibits on Energy & Clean Tech, Biotech, Conservation & Environment, Bioengineering, HealthTech, Infotech, and Robotics.

CER rented a booth and presented hands-on demonstrations of electricity and solar forecasting

WHEN:  October 13-14, 2015
WHERE:  Fleet Science Center

JUL


28

Lab Tour for SVTN Van de Waals

CER hosted a visit from the SVTN Van de Waals, a student study group attached to the faculty of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology. The annual tour exposes students to the range of plasma physics research they could aspire to after graduation.

CER members gave technical presentations on inertial fusion, laboratory astrophysics, and related basic plasma processes, then led a tour of the HEDP and PISCES laboratories.

WHEN:  July 28, 2015
WHERE:  UC San Diego

JUN


18

Training session for Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

In support of PowerPlay, a new exhibit at the Fleet Science Center, CER staff were invited to share their expertise on energy science with Fleet volunteers.

Two CER principle investigators gave presentations to Fleet volunteers on global energy use and UCSD's microgrid. Volunteers then toured two of CER's labs.

WHEN:  June 18, 2015
WHERE:  Fleet Science Center

JUN


07

World Oceans Day

An event hosted by the Birch Aquarium exploring ocean biodiveristy and ways the public can make an impact on changing oceans.

CER had an interactive booth demonstrating our research and general energy principles.

WHEN:  June 7, 2015
WHERE:  Birch Aquarium, La Jolla

APR


17

BE WISE

The San Diego Science Alliance program engages young women grades 7-12 in STEM learning experiences in collaboration with the region's research, industry and academic institutions.

A CER member attended as a mentor to students while they learned about STEM concepts and careers

WHEN:  April 17-18, 2015
WHERE:  Fleet Science Center

APR


04

Triton Day

A showcase of UC San Diego’s vibrant community of infinite opportunities, where admitted students and their families can explore the UC San Diego campus, undergraduate colleges, academic departments, student services, student organizations and endless resources.

Two CER labs opened to give tours to students: High Energy Density Physics Lab (Beg) and Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting (Kleissl)

WHEN:  April 4, 2015
WHERE:  UC San Diego

MAR


25

Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair

Promotes scientific literacy and interest in the fields of STEM education to all 7th–12th grade students in San Diego and Imperial counties.

A CER member participated as a judge at the science fair.

WHEN:  March 25, 2015
WHERE:  Balboa Park, San Diego

MAR


11

Vista Unified School District STEM Fest

Science festival for the students and families of Vista Unified School District

CER provided an interactive booth demonstrating our research and general principles of energy

WHEN:  March 25, 2015
WHERE:  Vista Unified School District

MAR


07

Expanding Your Horizons

A one-day event at USD for girls in grades 6 through 10 to engage in hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

CER led a team of scientists in presenting an interactive workshop called "Electrify Your World". View the CER news article about the event

WHEN:  March 7, 2015
WHERE:  Shiley Center for Science and Technology, UC San Diego

FEB


11

Science and Engineering Festival

Science festival for the students and families of the Solana Santa Fe School

CER had an interactive booth demonstrating basic principles of energy

WHEN:  February 11, 2015
WHERE:  Solana Santa Fe School

2014

OCT


21

High Tech Fair

The San Diego Science Alliance puts on this annual fair for middle and high schoolers with over 60 interactive exhibits on Energy & Clean Tech, Biotech, Conservation & Environment, Bioengineering, HealthTech, Infotech, and Robotics

CER rented a booth and presented hands-on demonstrations of electricity and solar forecasting. View articles and pictures

WHEN:  October 21, 2014
WHERE: Fleet Science Center

MAY


22

BE WISE

The San Diego Science Alliance program engages young women grades 7-12 in STEM learning experiences in collaboration with the region's research, industry and academic institutions

3 female CER members spent a night with 75 middle school girls at the Wild Animal Park to mentor them as they learned about STEM concepts and careers

WHEN:  May 22-23, 2014
WHERE:  Fleet Science Center

MAY


10

Transfer Triton Day

A chance for UCSD transfer students to get acquainted with the people and places of UC San Diego before school starts

CER's High Energy Density Physics lab opened to share their research

WHEN:  May 10, 2014
WHERE:  UC San Diego

APR


25

Classroom Presentation

"Plasma is Star Stuff: A journey from the cosmos to your computer chip" at Texas Lutheran University

Saikat Chakraborty Thakur from CER arranged and delivered this presentation. See a video of this talk on CER's video page

WHEN:  April 25, 2014
WHERE:  Texas Lutheran University

APR


24

Student Sustainable Outreach Day

Organized by the UCSD Engineers for a Sustainable World to provide high school students with the knowledge and tools necessary to lead more sustainable lives

CER's Coimbra Energy Group gave a lab tour and participated in a career panel

WHEN:  April 24, 2014 / 10:00am - 4:00pm
WHERE:  Price Center, UC San Diego

APR


05

Triton Day

UCSD opens up for admitted students and family to explore campus, meet faculty and alumni, and enjoy student performances.

CER opened 3 labs to present our research to future tritons.

WHEN:  April 5, 2014
WHERE:  UC San Diego

MAR


01

Expanding Your Horizons

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering

10 scientists from CER and General Atomics presented a hands-on workship "Electrify Your Life". View the article and pictures

WHEN:  March 1, 2014
WHERE:  San Diego

JAN


17

Partners in Science

Provides research opportunities for high-school teachers to work with investigators in academic or non-profit labs

CER opened our labs and guided a bus tour of UCSD sustainabilty projects during a site visit for this program's annual conference

WHEN:  January 17, 2014
WHERE:  San Diego

2013

SU


'13

UC San Diego TRIO Outreach Program

TRIO prepares low-income, first generation college students to successfully complete high school, transition to the college of their choice and succeed in graduating with a two-year, four-year or vocational/technical degree.

CER took on a high-school student intern as part of a pre-college program. The student completed office work, toured 3 of our labs, and conducted informational interviews with staff.

WHEN:  Summer 2013
WHERE:  UC San Diego

SP


'13

Teacher Training

Teacher Training

CER member advised Temecula Middle School science teacher on electric motor build activity for her classes

WHEN:  Spring 2013
WHERE:  Temecula Middle School

MAR


02

Expanding Your Horizons

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering

3 joint Center for Energy Research/DIII-D National Fusion Facility workshops were held, to encourage middle and high school girls to consider STEM careers

WHEN:  March 2, 2013
WHERE:  San Diego

2012

MAR


03

Expanding Your Horizons

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering

3 joint Center for Energy Research/DIII-D National Fusion Facility workshops were held, to encourage middle and high school girls to consider STEM careers

WHEN:  March 3, 2012
WHERE:  San Diego

2011

MAR


05

Expanding Your Horizons

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering

3 joint Center for Energy Research/DIII-D National Fusion Facility workshops were held, to encourage middle and high school girls to consider STEM careers

WHEN:  March 2, 2011
WHERE:  San Diego

-


'11

Project Mentorship

CER-Student Project Mentorship

Collaborated with Zachery Bissonette, San Diego Tech High senior on science and graphic arts project on fusion energy; produced YouTube video: “People Need Energy”

WHEN:  2011
WHERE:  San Diego

-


'11

Classroom Presentation

CER Classroom Presentation

Making a Star on Earth: Fusion for Sustainable Energy, classroom presentation to 35 5th graders at Painted Rock Elementary School, Poway CA

WHEN:  2011
WHERE:  Painted Rock Elementary School, Poway, CA

Older

NOV


05

Lab Tour

CER Hosted Laboratory Tour

Tour of DIII-D National Fusion Facility tour give to University of San Diego physics class (Professor Sheehan)

WHEN:  November 5, 2011
WHERE:  UC San Diego

APR


'10

Project Mentorship

CER-Student project mentorship

Mentored a middle school student in the Greater San Diego Science Fair: "Solar Panel Science Project", Lindsey Brown; advanced to state science fair

WHEN:  April 2010
WHERE:  San Diego

MAR


06

Expanding Your Horizons

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering

"The Hottest Stuff on Earth: Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy", 3 presentations to 45 middle school girls

WHEN:  March 6, 2010
WHERE:  San Diego

FEB


28

Expanding Your Horizons

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering

"The Hottest Stuff on Earth: Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy", presentations to middle school and high school girls

WHEN:  February 28, 2009
WHERE:  San Diego

NOV


15

Lab Tour

CER hosted laboratory tour

Tour of DIII-D National Fusion Facility tour give to University of San Diego physics class 

WHEN:  November 15, 2008
WHERE:  UC San Diego

OCT


30

Lab Tour

CER hosted laboratory tour

Tour of DIII-D National Fusion Facility tour give to University of San Diego physics class 

WHEN:  October 30, 2008
WHERE:  UC San Diego

JUN


10

Classroom Presentation

CER presentation for an elementary school classroom

"The Hottest Stuff on Earth: Plasmas for Fusion Energy", presentation to 3rd gradeclass at Painted Rock Elementary School in Poway

WHEN:  June 10, 2008
WHERE:  Painted Rock Elementary School, Poway, CA

APR


12

Expanding Your Horizons

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering

"The Hottest Stuff on Earth: Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy", presentation to middle school girls

WHEN:  April 12, 2008
WHERE:  San Diego

SEP


08

Lab Tour

"Science That Matters" after school science enrichment program, Elementary Institute of Science, Chula Vista, CA

"Making a Star on Earth: Plasma Science and Fusion Energy", lecture and DIII-D National Fusion Facility Tour for 15 high school students and 2 teachers

WHEN:  September 8, 2007
WHERE:  Elementary Institute of Science, Chula Vista, CA

MAR


17

Expanding Your Horizons

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering

"The Hottest Stuff on Earth: Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy", presentation to middle school girls

WHEN:  March 17, 2007
WHERE:  San Diego

FEB


06

EIS Energy Commission Advisory Council

A premier science enrichment program dedicated to nurturing the intellectual curiosity of San Diego's young people by providing "hands-on" experiences to stimulate an ongoing appreciation and understanding science, technology and the environment.

CER member participated in the 2007 EIS Energy Commission Advisory Council

WHEN:  February 6, 2007
WHERE:  San Diego

NOV


29

Classroom Presentation

CER classroom presentation

"Plasma: The 4th State of Matter and a Path to Fusion Energy" to 23 middle and high school science teachers from Korea

WHEN:  November 29, 2006
WHERE:  English Language Institute, UCSD Extension

SEP


29

Classroom Presentation

CER classroom presentation

"From Neon Lights to Nuclear Fusion: Careers in Plasma Science," Science Discovery Day, Halecrest Elementary School (3 classes of 20 5th and 6th grade students each)

WHEN:  September 29, 2006
WHERE:  Halecrest Elementary School, Chula Vista

Lab Tour

May 12, 2005

Lab tour Tour of DIII-D to University of San Diego undergraduate physics class

Expanding Your Horizons

Apr 2, 2005

An annual conference aimed to interest girls, aged 11 to 16, in science, math, and engineering Instructor, "Plasma Science in Your Future"

8th Annual Educational Technology Fair

Feb 23, 2005

Science fair exhibit CER presented an exhibit at this event by the San Diego Science Alliance

TRIO/Upward Bound Program at UCSD

Mar 13, 2004

TRIO prepares low-income, first generation college students to successfully complete high school, transition to the college of their choice and succeed in graduating with a two-year, four-year or vocational/technical degree. CER member presented a , "Plasma Science and Fusion Energy" presentation to students

"Plasma Science and Fusion Energy" Career Day 

May 28, 2003

Career day CER presented at a career day at Jefferson Middle School in Oceanside

Plasma Expo

Nov 2003

Science expo exhibit Exhibit at the APS Division of Plasma Physics

TRIO/Upward Bound Program at UCSD

Apr 2003

TRIO prepares low-income, first generation college students to successfully complete high school, transition to the college of their choice and succeed in graduating with a two-year, four-year or vocational/technical degree. Classroom presentation titled "Plasma Science and Fusion Energy"

Southern California Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Feb 2003

The primary aim of JSHS is to encourage students at the high school level to engage in original research in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. CER member served as a judge

7th Annual Educational Technology Fair

Feb 19. 2003

Annual science fair put on by the San Diego Science Alliance Interactive booth with science demos

Plasma Expo

Nov 2002

Science expo exhibit Exhibit at the APS Division of Plasma Physics

6th Annual Educational Technology Fair

Oct 11, 2002

Annual science fair put on by the San Diego Science Alliance Interactive booth with science demos

Academic Connections, UCSD Extension

Jul 2002

Connects high achieving high school students with college subject matter  Radient Plasmas: from Neon Lights to Nuclear Fusion in-residence summer course for high school students

Plasma Expo

Nov 2001

Science expo exhibit Exhibit at the APS Division of Plasma Physics

6th Annual Education Technology Fair

Oct 19. 2001

Annual science fair put on by the San Diego Science Alliance interactive booth with science demos

Plasma Institute for Teachers

Jul 2001

Teacher training organized by the General Atomics Fusion Education Group CER members were instructors

5th Annual Educational Technology Fair

Feb 21, 2001

Annual science fair put on by the San Diego Science Alliance Interactive booth with science demos

Plasma Institute for Teachers

July 2000

tTacher training organized by the General Atomics Fusion Education Group CER members were instructors

San Diego Leadership Institute (SanDeLI-2)

Mar 2000

An event organized by the San Diego Science Alliance to facilitate extending STEM outreach and improving science teaching in the public schools. CER member was nominated to attend this event

National Engineers Week Celebration

Feb 26, 2000

Science fair at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to celebrate National Engineers Week. 

10 CER members presented interactive demonstrations 

ranging from avalanches and 2D turbulence, to plasma science.

4th Annual Educational Technology Fair

Feb 23, 2000

Annual science fair put on by the San Diego Science Alliance Interactive booth with science demos

Lead Scientist/Teacher Alliance Workshop

Jan 2000

An annual workshop by The American Physical Societywhich brings together scientists and public middle and high school teachers to develop approaches to STEM outreach and improved science education.

CER member Rick Moyer was chosen to represent the San Diego Science Alliance at this workshop in Washington DC, and wrote a summary about the workshop for the Alliance's newsletter. 

Plasma Expo

Nov 1999

Science expo exhibit Exhibit at the APS Division of Plasma Physics

Plasma Expo

Nov 1998

Science expo exhibit Exhibit at the APS Division of Plasma Physics