All the members of the surface physics group are actively involved in educational outreach activities through the service-learning program of the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. This program is designed to enhance the science education programs at local schools while at the same time providing the participating scientists (graduate students, post-docs and faculty) with life skills in communicating the excitement of scientific research to the general public. Each participant engages in 20 hours per year of activities that involve one-on-one contact with GK-12 students from the local school systems. The activities are organized and coordinated by the staff of the University of Maryland NSF MRSEC, who also provide the participants with training in effective outreach skills. Professor Williams is also active in communicating the excitement of science to the general public through lectures and activities.
Above: Ruchi Yongsunthun (red shirt) helps students at Northwestern High School with a lab on Weird Matter

Above: Dr. Williams assisting homeschooled students with a demonstration on electricity

Below: Mihela Brebah, Hailu Bantu and Ted Einstein experiment with a Physics is Phun demonstration used in Educational Outreach activities.

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