A FOUR-YEAR LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE IN THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
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The Saint Vincent College Department of Physics is active in a number of outreach programs. In concert with the mission of the college, the common purposes of all these programs are to enhance the experiences of our students and at the same time provide educational services to the community outside the college. Student involvement is critical to all these programs. For example, students create and conduct most of the public planetarium shows throughout the year. Further, many pre-service physics teachers have participated in Link-to-Learn, Exploring the Earth, Sun, and Stars and the Teacher Enhancement Institutes. Some students have been councilors and faculty have taught in the Pathways to Success program's two-week summer institute for middle school and high school students from the city of Pittsburgh. Faculty also participate the Bridges program - a collaboration between Saint Vincent College, local school districts and local industries.
Primarily the classroom for the Astronomy Laboratory during the academic year, the Saint Vincent College planetarium is also used for numerous other activities such as professional development workshops for teachers and classes for students of all ages. In addition, public planetarium shows for groups of up to 30 are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings throughout the academic year and by appointment on weekends and school breaks. Last spring the planetarium hosted over 35 groups ranging in age from kindergarten students to adults. Planetarium shows are created and conducted by Saint Vincent College students who are members of the Physics Club. Weather permitting groups can also utilize the Department's telescopes including the 10-inch Schmitt Cassegrain on the roof of the Physics Building.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. John Smetanka via phone at 724-532-6600 X2504 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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