(lesson plans and demonstrations)


There is a great deal of information on the web about plasmas -- so much information and at so many different levels that it is difficult for a teacher who needs clear, concise information to sort through it all. This website, designed by teachers for teachers, represents a "best of the web."

Teachers wishing to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) ( will find plasma science links applicable to many topics. Each site is evaluated against a CPS rubric (pdf/ | doc) that includes significant adherence to NGSS.


What are plasmas?

PHET Interactive Simulations: The numerous interactive simulations are excellent support for understanding science and math concepts, including motion, waves, radiation charge, etc. Though the supportive materials address many concepts related to plasma fusion, a search resulted in no information defining or explaining plasma, the fourth state of matter, or fusion. This site is produced through University of Colorado Boulder.

Physics Central: Click on "Discover" and you will be directed to a number of plasma related topics, including "electricity and magnetism," or "space and the universe." A source for physicist bios, blogs, podcasts, You Tube clips, comic/coloring books, experiments for students, and more. You can "Ask-a-Physicist" questions. A product of American Physical Society.

Plasmas Physics and Fusion: A section of the Contemporary Physics Education Project (CPEP) website that offers a fusion chart, an online fusion course, Instructor's Manual and Student Activities.

Wikipedia: Plasma (Physics): This site is strictly informational. It has easily understood explanations of the function of plasma and plasma uses. It also provides links to other sites for further explanation of specific details. 


A. Space Plasmas

1. General Info

Earth & Space Science Resources: This terrific PK-5 website provides a library of printable worksheets, lesson plans, hands-on activities and more, all searchable by grade and subject matter.

Astronomy Magazine: Astronomy is an online magazine providing monthly issues, which include science reporting, vivid color photography, complete sky-event coverage, observing tips, informative telescope reviews, blogs, features, sky events, and an "Ask Astro" link. It is a subscription magazine. However, you can find an abundance of information just visiting the site, which includes links to magazines dating back to 1973, providing a historical timeline for the field of astronomy. Although there are few references to "plasma," the site is an excellent resource for space science.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific: A resource for information, opportunities, photos, and power point presentations with instructor guides. The organization designs and delivers astronomy toolkits, programs, publications and education guides.

Challenger Center: As the website notes: "Challenger Center and its global network of Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning and role-playing strategies to help students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate skills needed for future success, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork."

CHIPS, Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer: This satellite studies the Interstellar Medium (ISM), the plasma between stars. It studies the "Local Bubble." Contains many links and K-12 Classroom lessons.

Cosmicopia: This site has many beautiful images and downloadable "sounds" from space. It is very easy to use and understand. Most of the information is designed for students in high school and beyond.

Imagine the Universe: Excellent site designed for students 14 and up. It includes a multitude of resource information, links, classroom activities, connections with scientists, curriculum and a great number of references to plasma.

NASA Wavelength: NASA Wavelength is part of the NASA Share the Science site. It is "a collection of resources that incorporate NASA content and have been subject to peer review. You can search this collection using key words and/or the drop down menus to pinpoint resources to use with your audience of learners."  However, in all of the resources provided on matter, energy and energy resources, there is no reference to plasma.

Space Weather Center: Excellent site! Includes the sun, plasmas, aurora, and storms in space. Numerous games, activities, e-cards and research. VERY interactive.

The Electronic Universe: The Electronic Universe: [A Science Outreach Server] Site by Univ. Oregon, Dept. Physics, Dr. Bothun (Dr. Darkmatter) about Space, Earth, Environment, Weather, Astronomy (Pine Mountain Observatory), Physics and other courses - all with additional links, e.g. Hubble, LIGO, Caltech very many more...

UCAR Center for Science Education: This University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) site provides resources for teacherse and "Aspiring Scientists." Also visit the NCAR/UCAR Education and Outreach page.

2. Solar Plasmas

NASA/Marshall Solar Physics Group: Comprehensive descriptions of solar physics including solar plasmas. Very user friendly. Includes research scientists' names, addresses and email. Answers "Why We Study the Sun," "Big Questions," "Magnetism," and more. Content only. No ready-made lessons.

Solar Flare Theory: This site answers such questions as "What is a solar flare? Why study solar flares?" It describes the formation of plasma in solar flares. It also has an excellent glossary. In general this site is most appropriate for grades 9-12.

Stanford Solar Center: This site is a collection of multi-disciplinary, interactive exercises and activities based on the Sun and solar science, most geared to grades 4-12. Most of these have been aligned to science standards and approved by the NASA Product Review process. From the home page you can find your way to exercises for both students and teachers.

Yohkoh Public Outreach Project (Solar Events): YPOP [Yohkoh Public Outreach Project] - Images/activities from Yohkoh (sunbeam in Japanese) solar satellite, 1991-2001, with dated but very useful images and activities and current links such as SciLink, SOHO and others. Supported by Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics and Montana State Physics Department.

3. Magnetospheric Plasmas

IMAGE Science Center P.O.E.T.R.Y web site: Hands-on lessons for students and teachers, sorted by content, grade level, and web-based. The activities highlight the plasma in nature (Earth's magnetic field, auroras) and show science as a human endeavor.

4. Auroras

Newton's Apple - Aurora Borealis: This Teacher's Guide, designed to support a segment on auroras from the PBS series "Newton's Apple," provides a good basic description, along with one classroom experiment, a glossary, resources, and a link to the video.

B. Lightning

NASA: A Lightning Primer: A site that grabs you with tales of lightning strikes that launch satellites, rockets and more. Nice photos and graphics. Does a good job of explaining why lightning research is important in terms of safety, technology, etc. Does not mention plasma, though it does describe the properties of ionized gas.

UCAR Center for Science Education: Thunder and Lightning: Basic description of how lightning forms and why it "strikes," with associated weather links. It does not explain it as a plasma phenomenon, although the UCAR site devotes a page to Plasma with reference to solar prominences and auroras. An ongoing collection of articles and papers centered on the role of electricity. Includes current and archived papers on plasma.


A. Neon and Fluorescent Lamps

How Stuff Works - Neon vs Fluorescent Light: Explains the difference between neon and fluorescent lights. Simple and informative. No mention of ionized gas as plasma. Site allows you to search for plasma-related questions.

The Fluorescent Lamp: As part of the "Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere" site, this one page gives a basic overview of how a fluorescent light works, and how it involves plasma.

B. Fusion

CPEP, Contemporary Physics Education Project: CPEP offers a number of helpful charts, with topics that include Fundamental Particle and Interactions, Nuclear Science, and Plasma Physics and Fusion. The website helps explicate the charts and provides helpful links to related material.

Culham Center for Fusion Energy: This site provides a good introduction to fusion, both written and video. A brochure that can be downloaded and used as a resource in the classroom. Although most of the information is available elsewhere, check out educational resources for some unique instructions on how to build a paper replica of a fusion machine. There is also a workbook for high-level students, but it is focused on preparation for a visit to the Culham Center.

EUROfusion: Resources for educators: An overview of fusion basics, as well as a "Talk and Tell" link to downloadable slides that explain what a tokamak is, and introduce tokamaks like JET and ITER.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: This site focuses on the LLNL National Ignition Facility, which uses lasers to create fusion. The site invites you to learn more about fusion and lasers. The sidebar provides links to how lasers work, local outreach opportunities (Laser Road Show!), and teacher development programs.

General Atomics Fusion Education: The site provides excellent downloadable high-school level materials, though some links need improvement. Provided on this site are: a one-page explanation of fusion; limited downloads of curricula, posters on plasma science and fusion; a fusion workbook, presentation downloads, instructions on building a vacuum chamber, an "Ask the Wizard" link, and more. Some of the links have pop up warnings or security alerts.

RGDX Online LAB – Remote Glow Discharge Experiment: The Remote Glow Discharge Experiment is housed at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The experiment allows you to create and observe a plasma in a glow-discharge tube, in real time. You can control the current and the magnets, to get an idea of how researchers control the plasma in a fusion device. Links provide excellent explanations of plasma, pressure, electrode voltage, electromagnets and more.

Science Action: How does a plasma contribute to a fusion reaction?: A team of Princeton University students created this video to explain the role of plasma in fusion and the distinct ways engineers control it to optimize the rate of reaction.

The Internet Plasma Physics Education eXperience (IPPEX): Excellent basic introduction to plasma and fusion energy, with educational interactive tutorials. The viewer can operate a virtual tokamak and analyze data. Explains pros and cons of fusion vs. fossil fuels. Very responsive to e-mail questions. 

C. Plasma Processing

Nature of Thermal Spray Coatings: This describes/illustrates a commercial process of using plasma for durable unique coatings.

D. Plasma Propulsion in Space

Ad Astra Rocket Company: Ad Astra Rocket Company (AARC) is a rocket propulsion company dedicated to the advanced development of plasma rocket propulsion technology. It is developing VASIMR (Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket) and associated technologies. The site provides a good explanation of plasma and how it works in rocket propulsion. It includes models and videos.

Franklin Chang Diaz - Ask the Expert (NOVA): A former NASA astronaut answers questions about plasma rockets. Franklin Chang-Diaz answers questions from students of all ages and provides links to the PBS video of the astronaut talking about plasma and rocket propulsion. Also see video about Plasma Rockets.

How Stuff Works - Fusion Propulsion: This site is an encyclopedia of how things work and how things will work. "Fusion Propulsion" includes an explanation of how fusion technology will be applied in the future to rocket propulsion. It links to other "How Stuff Works" sites, including rocket engines, NASA, the sun, stars, etc. Students have opportunities to visit this site and seek further explanations whenever they find unfamiliar terms. This site also runs distracting adds for cell phones, etc.

Ions in Action: The experiment of rubbing a balloon on your hair to pick up confetti segues into a discussion of ions. Although it does not mention plasma directly, it does state that in an ion propulsion engine a charge is given to xenon gas.

E. Plasma Displays

How Stuff Works - Plasma Displays: In this site students will see evidence of "Science and technology," "Science as a human endeavor," etc., because these applications of plasma technology have become available to consumers during students' lifetimes.



These sites provide exemplary, interactive materials for students to explore fusion and plasma science concepts.

IMAGE Science Center P.O.E.T.R.Y web site: Hands-on lessons for students and teachers, sorted by content, grade level, and web-based. The activities highlight the plasma in nature and show science as a human endeavor.

Physics 2000: Good, simple and fun interactive site that deals with electromagnetic waves, microwaves, X-rays and lasers. Extensive set of interactive Java applets illustrating various concepts of modern physics; accessible for all ages. Plasmas not specifically discussed but many interactive applets are relevant to plasma processes.

Stanford Solar Center: This site is a collection of multi-disciplinary, interactive exercises and activities based on the Sun and solar science, most geared to grades 4-12. Most of these have been aligned to science standards and approved by the NASA Product Review process. From the home page you can find your way to exercises for both students and teachers.

The Internet Plasma Physics Education eXperience (IPPEX): Excellent basic introduction to plasma and fusion energy, with educational interactive tutorials. The viewer can operate a virtual tokamak. Explains pros and cons of fusion vs. fossil fuels. Very responsive to e-mail questions.


Finding out about physics: This site for high school students from the American Physical Society provides support for students wondering about studying physics and possibly becoming a physicist.

STScI Communications and Outreach: This outreach page of the Space Telescope Science Institute site is a gateway into educational activities for students, teachers and the general public.

Fermilab Education Office: Excellent; many links, lessons, major nuclear topics, projects, pages for student and teacher.

How Van de Graff Generators Work: A colorful site that explains how mechanical devices work in a way young students can understand. Includes instructions on how to build a Van de Graff generator.

Khan Academy: Numerous, excellent utube teaching videos in lecture format with explanations mostly in terms of math & chemistry. There is only one brief reference to plasma. It is found in “States of Matter Follow-up” (in the Chemistry section).

MIT Open Course Ware – high school, Highlights for High School: Includes introductory MIT courses best for high school students, video demonstrations to help teachers explain concepts and students understand them, helps for studying for Physics exams.

Physics Central: This site contains articles and links to "everything you ever wanted to know" about physics. Most of it is aimed at high school and above. Sponsored by the American Physical Society.

Plasma on the Internet: Contains Who's Who in Atomic/Plasma Physics, bibliography and glossary. Recommended for physicists and college students. Good information on careers and educational programs. Mainly for graduate students.

Science of NFL Football: NBC has created a series of engaging videos that use the game of football to science lessons on everyting from the Pythagorean Theorem to Newton’s First Law of Motion.


(lesson plans and demonstrations)

ABC's of Nuclear Science: This site explains an excellent nuclear wall chart. It provides details of the nucleus and nuclear changes/reactions, definitions & diagrams. There is a page on how to build a cosmic ray detector.Produced by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Nuclear Science Division.

Activities to Explore - Stanford Solar Center: Part of the Stanford Solar Center site. Provides hands-on activities and lesson plans for students, showing how to conduct actual observations by building spectroscopes and other instruments.

American Physical Society: High School Physics Teachers: This site provides teachers with Physics teaching resources, as well as links to professional societies for physics teachers.

ASPIRE: Excellent site with lots of interactive lessons, created by teachers for teachers. While there is no specific mention of plasma, there are related topics, including wave basics and star life cycle.

Best Education Sites: This site targets a variety of fundamental Astronomy and Space education websites, some of which are specifically evaluated in this CPS guide. The linked sites vary in quality and quantity of information from being strictly bulleted information bites with photos to very expansive sources of information, interactive activities, tools and sources. The links are mostly excellent and up to date, though the original project began in 2011.

CINDI - Coupled Ion Neutral Dynamics Investigation (at UT Dallas): You need to click on the education bar to get to the education section. On this site you will find a collection of teaching and education resources for grades 6-9 about the CINDI project, the Earth's atmosphere, space weather, the scale in the Earth-Moon system, satellites and rockets and more.

STEM Rising: This site is one-stop shopping for educational materials and opportunities provided by Department of Energy sponsored laboratories and offices. Teachers will find lesson plans, workshops and research opportunities.

STScI Communications and Outreach: This outreach page of the Space Telescope Science Institute site is a gateway into educational activities for students, teachers and the general public. Go to "Amazing Space" for K-12 lesson plans, including black holes, stars, etc. Detailed plans and activities are available, evaluated against national science standards. Instead of using the word "plasma" the site refers to "ionized particles" or simply "gases." The site is most noteworthy for it's breathtaking images of space plasmas from the Hubble telescope.

Fermilab Education Office: Excellent; many links, lessons, major nuclear topics, projects, pages for student and teacher.

Genesis: Search for Origins: This site provides a cluster of K-12 science modules for teachers, using Genesis Mission as a real world link to capture student interest. Some modules are plasma-related. A NASA site.

IMAGE Science Center P.O.E.T.R.Y web site: Hands-on lessons for students and teachers, sorted by content, grade level, and web-based. The activities highlight the plasma in nature and show science as a human endeavor.

MIT Haystack Observatory Lesson Plans: A list of space-oriented lesson plans for teachers. The sidebar can direct you to Research Experiences for Teachers, Pre-College resources and Public Outreach Activities.

MIT Open Course Ware – high school, Highlights for High School: Includes introductory MIT courses best for high school students, video demonstrations to help teachers explain concepts and students understand them, helps for studying for Physics exams.

NASA Education: The NASA Education page is a gateway to all their educational websites. You'll also find News, Learning Resources, Internet Resources, Multimedia Resources, Contacts for Educators, Professional Development and Student Opportunities. It's a great site to explore.

NASA STEM Engagement: Provides major links to NASA internet sources for educators.

Plasma 101 - Daily Lesson Plan: A pen and paper activity from the New York Times Learning Network requiring research skills and critical thinking. Students elicit information about the definition of plasma from selected examples then create "How It Works" posters about particular forms of plasma, and reflect on the importance of funding for plasma research.

Science of NFL Football: NBC has created a series of engaging videos that use the game of football to science lessons on everyting from the Pythagorean Theorem to Newton’s First Law of Motion.

Solar Maximum Resources for Educators: Live data, exciting graphics and interesting lesson plans should be helpful to teachers interested in teaching students about the solar/sunspot cycle and solar maximum. Also provides lists of sites that provide the latest data and educational images. Part of the larger Mission to Geospace Site.

A Menu of NASA Education Resources: A convenient way to find NASA space science products for use in the classroom. There are hundreds of resources here, searchable by grade and topic.

Stanford Solar Center: This site is a collection of multi-disciplinary, interactive exercises and activities based on the Sun and solar science, most geared to grades 4-12. Most of these have been aligned to science standards and approved by the NASA Product Review process. From the home page you can find your way to exercises for both students and teachers.

Sun-Centered Physics: Teacher Linda Knisely's page provides lesson plans (Grades 11-12) on four sun-centered topics, including the electromagnetic spectrum. She provides focused links to specific NASA websites. Excellent higher-level detail. Explains many of the physical phenomena that occur on the Earth as a direct result of the Sun-Earth interaction.

Teacher Link – NASA Regional Educator Resource Center: This excellent site, provided by Utah State University College of Education, provides a multitude of resources, including educator curriculum guides, print resources, online resources, NASA videos and multimedia, and daily blogs providing the most current links to apps and other resources.

The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere: The materials are directed toward the high school level. However, the information and explanations are a wonderful resource for a teacher at any level. There are no activity plans for teaching students.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research & the UCAR Office of Programs: NCAR's student & teacher friendly site with topics of Astronomy and the Universe Physics about atoms, particles, plasma, Sun, etc. Levels: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced Lessons/activities.

Van de Graaf Electrostatic Generator Page: This site provides everything you will need to purchase or construct and operate a Van de Graaf Electrostatic Generator, as well as links to other related sites.


The sites below point toward outreach programs that either have a plasma component or could support a discussion of plasma. If you cannot find an outreach program near you, remember that a local college/university may house a chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). Often these students do physics outreach into their local communities.


Plasma On The Internet
A comprehensive site that lists plasma-related research sites around the nation and the world.
Science 2 Schools
The site, supported by the University of Illinois Physics Van, provides a directory of science assemblies, workshops, exhibits, or mobile labs that can come to your school.
Auburn University, Plasma ProgramALABAMA
The Marshall Space Center (Huntsville, AL)ALABAMASponsors a speakers' bureau, tours, partnerships and workshops as well as providing information. 
University of Alabama, Department of Astronomy and Physics (Tuscalusa, AL)ALABAMAHosts Public Nights, an evening program open to the public for viewing celestial objects. See their web site for dates and times.
Poker Flat Research Range (Poker Flat, AK)ALASKA"the world's only scientific rocket launching facility owned by a university," the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). They offer general information, scientific data, tours, aurora activity information, etc.
Geophysical Institute Education Outreach (Fairbanks, AK)ALASKAConducts research in the Earth's geophysical environment from the space around the sun to our atmosphere.
Lowell Observatory (Flagstaff, AZ)ARIZONA
National Solar Observatory (Kitt Peak, AZ)ARIZONA
University of Arizona, Physics Dept. Outreach (Tucson, AZ)ARIZONAOutreach is not specific to plasmas, but may include plasmas.
University of Arkansas, Center for Mathematics and Science EducationARKANSASSTEPUP - Student and Teacher Education Outreach Programs with University Partners. Will do in-class science presentations upon request.
General Atomics Educational Web SiteCALIFORNIA
Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA)CALIFORNIAAll topics (earth, solar system, stars & galaxies, technology) have links to Public Services (Tours, Talks) or Educational Materials.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The Center for Science & Engineering Education (CSEE)CALIFORNIAProvides a list of websites for education programs and activities throughout the lab, including Utube videos.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Science and Technology Education ProgramCALIFORNIA
Mt. Wilson ObservatoryCALIFORNIAA tour of the observatory, or a night viewing through the telescope, could supplement a discussion of plasma.
Sonoma State University - Education and Public OutreachCALIFORNIAFormal and informal educational materials for grades 4-14 are provided, including gamma-ray burst real-time sky map, and interactive activities focusing on NASA space science missions.
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)CALIFORNIAHosts public lecture series, tours of SLAC, and regional science bowls for high school students.
Stanford University, Stanford Solar CenterCALIFORNIAThis site presents a collection of fun educational activities based on Solar Oscillations Investigation and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) data.
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at U of ColoradoCOLORADO
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Public Outreach EventsCOLORADOHosts professional development workshops, interactive on-line courses, exhibits, and Science Saturday events, spanning topics such as climate change, modeling earth systems, weather, and observational systems.
National Renewal Energy Lab (NREL)COLORADOLists educational opportunities for K-12, college and post-graduates, and teachers, as well as educational resources.
Physics Department, U of ColoradoCOLORADOA list of free lectures and presentations.
CU Science DiscoveryCOLORADOLinks to summer programs, K-8 and high school.
Space Science Institute (Boulder, CO)COLORADO
University of Colorado at BoulderCOLORADOMaintains a number of outreach sites, including Fiske Planetarium and Sommers Bausch Observatory.
Mount Cuba Astronomical ObservatoryDELAWARE
University of Delaware, Physics and Astronomy Outreach (Newark)DELAWARESummer internships and outreach programs for students.
Florida Agricultural Mechanical University, Center for Plasma Science and TechnologyFLORIDAThis site is a resource for up-to-date plasma research information on remote sensing research in the nation's defense, fusion and plasma research for alternative power and advanced materials, and advanced computations research in support of plasmas and photonics physics.
Florida Solar Energy Center (University of Central Florida)FLORIDA
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Tallahassee)FLORIDA
Discover Georgia's Magnificent PlanetariumsGEORGIAA listing and description of all planetariums in Georgia.
Georgia Science OlympiadGEORGIASouthern Polytechnic hosts the Georgia Science Olympiad, a science competition for teams from K-12, engaging students in doing and applying science. Visit this site to learn more about the competitions and how to register your team of up to 15 members.
Georgia Tech - Materials Society (GHOST)GEORGIAGeorgia High School Outreach for Science and Technology (GHOST) brings materials science to Atlanta area classrooms and enables high school teachers to take their classes to the Georgia Tech MSE department. The site does not mention any specific plasma education.
University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy (Maui)HAWAIIAstronomy Projects.
Discovery Center of IdahoIDAHOInteractive programs, ranging from 1-hour presentations for schools and communities to half-day training for teachers. Plasma science is not mentioned as a specific topic. Star Lab rental is also available.
Idaho National Laboratory (INL)IDAHOType "plasma" in the search box for more specific information on plasma physics. The education link in the side bar can point you to tournaments and "high school action team" opportunities.
Argonne National Laboratory, Education and Outreach ProgramsILLINOISLists several K-12 Programs, including field trips and speakers bureau.

Fermilab Education Office

Northwestern University, Physics and Astronomy Public OutreachILLINOISThis outreach program hosts public lectures based on the science behind popular physics subjects, ranging from MRI scanners to the internet. The complete content lectures are available as movie files.
Physics Van Outreach Program (University of Illinois Physics Department)ILLINOISIncludes shows, demonstrations, and much more!
The University of Chicago Kavli Institute for Cosmological PhysicsILLINOIS
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignILLINOISOffers Science2Schools Programs for grades 5-8 focusing on Newton's Laws of Motion and Electrical Science.
Indiana University Bloomington Office of Science OutreachINDIANAThis K-12 site for teachers provides links to the outreach available in various science departments, including Physic, Chemistry and Astronomy.
Purdue University Physics Outreach ProgramINDIANA
Ames Laboratory, ToursIOWA
Science Center of IowaIOWA"Boom" and "Simply Electrifying" are two plasma related assembly programs offered for your schools, grades K-8. Educator resources are also available for visits to the IMAX theatre and planetarium.
University of Iowa Department of Physics and AstronomyIOWAHawk-Eyes on Science Outreach Program
University of Iowa Department of Physics and AstronomyIOWARadio and Plasma Wave Group
University of Kansas Center for Science Education (Kuscied)KANSAS
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)KENTUCKYPhysics and Astronomy, Education and Outreach.
Louisiana State University Physics and Astronomy Outreach (Baton Rouge, LA)LOUISIANA2016-05-15
Sciport Discovery CenterLOUISIANA
University of Maine Physics and Astronomy Outreach (Orono, ME)MAINE
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)MARYLAND
Space Telescope Science Institute (NASA) (Baltimore)MARYLAND
University of Maryland, Lecture-Demonstration Facility Search EngineMARYLANDUniversity of Maryland, Lecture-Demonstration Facility hosts this search engine site for resources specific to plasma physics.
MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Educational OutreachMASSACHUSETTS
MIT's Educational Outreach ProgramsMASSACHUSETTSClick on the MIT Outreach Data Base, then type "plasma fusion" into the search box to find out more about "Middle School and High School Outreach Days" focused on plasma and fusion research and "Plasma Science and Fusion Center Tours".
University of Michigan EngineeringMICHIGANAlso look at side bar for Society of Physics Students and Sherzer Observatory, both of which also do outreach.
Michigan State University Physics and Astronomy Department Outreach (Lansing, MI)MICHIGAN
University of Michigan Physics K-12 Programs (Ann Arbor)MICHIGANAlthough the site does not specifically mention plasma science outreach, the University of Michigan does research involving plasmas. Check out also their Saturday Morning Physics Program, which may involve discussion of plasma from time to time.
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering - K-12 OutreachMINNESOTAScroll down the classroom resources page for links to "Physics Force: The Next Generation" and the "Minnesota Space Grant Consortium", and be sure to check out the teacher development opportunities involving particle physics, fluid power, and astronomy.
University of Minnesota Space Plasma Physics Group (Twin Cities, MN)MINNESOTA
The University of Southern Mississippi Center for Science and Math EducationMISSISSIPPIFrom this page you can explore science education opportunities hosted by USM Center for Science and Math Education, including the Science and Engineering Fair, the MIssissippi Science Olympiad and Teacher workshops.

Missouri State University K-12 Science Outreach

MISSOURIThis site provides information on various science competitions for students in Missouri.
University of Montana Blue Mountain ObservatoryMONTANA
University of Nebraska Lincoln Physics and Astronomy OutreachNEBRASKAIncludes programs for teacher development and for students.
University of Nevada OutreachNEVADA
Experimental Space Plasma Physics Group, University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)NEW HAMPSHIRE

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Educational Programs


Robert A. Schommer Observational Observatory (Rutgers)


Rutgers University Physics and Astronomy Outreach


Bradbury Science Museum Programs (Los Alamos, NM)


Los Alamos National Laboratory STEM Education 


National Museum of Nuclear Science and History


National Solar Observatory


Sandia National Lab Education Programs


University of Colorado Boulder PhET

COLORADOInteractive simulations for science and math. You can do a search for the process you would like illustrated, such as "states of matter." Under "Teaching" header you can find classroom activities.

University of Connecticut Department of Physics Outreach


Yale University Department of Physics Outreach


Ames Laboratory Education Programs


University of Chicago Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Outreach


Imiloa Astronomy Center




Brookhaven National Laboratory

Cornell Center for Materials ResearchNEW YORKThis site offers activities and education modules, but not much related to plasma. However, a search for plasma or plasma education will take the searcher to "Ask a Scientist" references, where a lot of plasma information if available via links.
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)NEW YORKIncludes teacher resources, workshops and tours, K-12 programs and more. They are not about plasmas, but provide general physics information useful in developing a foundation for understanding plasmas.
Laboratory for Laser Energetics (Rochester, NY)NEW YORKFocuses on Inertial Confinement Fusion. Follow the education link to the High School Program, and learn about a recent Summer High School Outreach Program.
Morehead Observatory Guest Night (Chapel Hill, NC)NORTH CAROLINA
Ohio House of Science and Engineering STEMOHIOThis outreach program involves scientists and engineers from both the academic and public realm in mentoring, collaborating, and networking with K-12 schools. Wonders of Our World (W.O.W.), is a program with many experiments that support plasma education and takes science outreach to the students in elementary and middle schools.
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH): Department of Astronomy Public OutreachOHIO
University of Tulsa STEM InitiativesOKLAHOMAJerome Dean McCoy, Jr. presents physics shows for K-12 audiences, and provides professional development seminars in the Tulsa area and around the state.

George Fox University Science Outreach Program

OREGONServices provided by GFU include youth science classes, equipment loan, laboratory and facility outreach, and Star Lab programs, with opportunities for brainstorming to meet the needs of teachers and students.

Pine Mountain Observatory (University of Oregon)


University of Oregon STEM CORE

OREGONUniversity of Oregon Ph.D. students serve as science resource specialists for teaching hands-on physical science and mathematics in partnering Oregon elementary and middle schools.

University of Pennsylvania, Department of Physics and Astronomy Outreach


Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach

Ruth Patrick Science Education CenterSOUTH CAROLINA

Savannah River National Laboratory Tour

SOUTH CAROLINAIn partnership with education institutions, SRS offers hands-on programs for pre-college students and teachers, research opportunities, work-based learning opportunities, and various workshops, tours, lectures, and demonstrations.
Angelo State University Society of Physics Students Facebook PageTEXASThis group won the 2009 Blake Lilly Prize for outstanding physics outreach. Click on this link to get to the Facebook page for a group committed to spreading physics outreach to those ranging in ages from kindergarten to undergraduates in college.

CASPER - Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research, Baylor University (Waco, TX)


Texas A&M University, Physics and Astronomy, Exploration Station

TEXASProvides links to an annual Physics Festival, Physics Shows for schools in Brazos Valley, and a Saturday Morning Physics Program.

Texas State University Student Organizations

TEXASVisit this site to see what the Society of Physics Students and Mexican American Engineers and Scientists are offering in the San Marcos area in the way of outreach for children interested in physics.

University of Texas Center for High Energy Density Science

The Physics CircusTEXASClick on The Physics Circus for numerous demonstrations for local K-12 schools and communities.

Brigham Young University Astronomical Society

UTAHThis student run organization provides weekly public planetarium shows and monthly star parties.

Brigham Young University Society of Physics Students

UTAHSign up to have BYU Society of Physics Students give demonstrations in your classroom.

The Leonardo - The Leo on Wheels

UTAHThe Leo on Wheels travels throughout Utah to middle schools to engage students in interactive exhibits and inquiry-based activities to learn about energy, force and motion.

University of Utah Chapter of Society of Physics Students (SPS)

UTAHCan be contacted for outreach.

University of Utah, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Outreach

UTAHClick on ASPIRE for interactive lessons and labs as well as the link for direct support for teachers and students. In addition to the ASPIRE programs, Star and Solar parties are hosted at the Observatory, and telescopes are available for traveling. Includes the MESA Recruiting Partnership, a program designed to support the underserved ethnic minority and female students in middle and high school students in the STEM areas of study.

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium (St. Johnsbury, VT)

Vermont Astonomical SocietyVERMONTVisit this site for up-to-date information on public star parties, and to arrange a presentation or a telescope-making class for your school or group.

Science Museum of Western Virginia

VIRGINIAThis outreach program targets preK-5 grades with several physical science topics that provide basic preliminary information for plasma physics.

Science Education at Jefferson Lab


Virginia Tech College of Engineering STEM Outreach

VIRGINIAThis program focuses more on life and earth science. I did not find anything relevant to plasma.

James Richard Jewett Observatory, Star Parties!

WASHINGTONStar Parties are held for the general public at the Jewett Observatory. The WSU Planetarium is used for astronomy classes and school groups for free one-hour sky tours.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland,WA)


Seattle University, PhysFest

WASHINGTONIn the spring of the year, Seattle University hosts a PhysFest for high school seniors interested in studying physics at Seattle University.

University of Washington College of Engineering K-12 Programs


University of Washington Plasma Science and Innovation Center


West Virginia University Plasma and Space Physics


University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering Outreach Programs


UW-Madison Astronomy Outreach

WISCONSINThe University of Wisconsin Space Place is an education center, which regularly fields questions about astronomical events and occurrences like meteor showers, solar flares, and space probes.

The Wonders of Physics (University of Wisconsin)


University of Wyoming Physics and Astronomy Outreach (Laramie,WY)

WYOMINGIncludes numerous observatories.

UTeach Outreach


Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium

WYOMINGFrom this main page explore K-12 Programs, the High-Altitude Balloon Program and Science Kitchen.

Summer Science Camps at the University of Wyoming


Virginia Air and Space Center

VIRGINIAThe Virginia Air & Space Center has created an array of educational programming for grades pre-K through 12, designed to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning guidelines and stimulate student interest in the fields of air, space, science and technology.