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iPLEX Presents Science Education Program at AGU

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 in News, Outreach

iPLEX Presents Science Education Program at AGU

At the 2014 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, more than 24,000 students and researchers met to discuss topics in the Earth and Space Sciences.  However, the latest scientific discoveries were not the only issues presented.  iPLEX’s own Ivy Curren shared our organization’s recent innovations in science education and outreach that include streamlining the process of scheduling community outreach events and keeping better tabs on UCLA volunteers through online forms and databases.  Informal and formal educators can easily access the outreach hub of...

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High school students experience science at UCLA during outreach visit

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in News, Outreach

High school students experience science at UCLA during outreach visit

On June 27th, a group of 40 high school students visited UCLA from the Moreno Valley College Upward Bound Math and Science Program.  They toured the newly renovated UCLA Meteorite Gallery and spoke to a student panel about physics and astronomy.  This visit was sponsored by AstronomyLive! and iPLEX.  Upward Bound coordinator Micki Clowney said of the experience: “The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Everything from the tour of the gallery to the student panel to the mini tour to the Bruin Bear was memorable.  The students really enjoyed speaking to the undergraduate and...

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TwentyWonder Charity Event Mixes Art, Science, and Quirkiness

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in News, Outreach

TwentyWonder Charity Event Mixes Art, Science, and Quirkiness

On June 28, 2014, iPLEX planetary scientists sponsored several activities at the TwentyWonder charity event held in Echo Park in Los Angeles.  The 21+ event, part smorgasbord for the mind and part roller derby, included a variety of exhibits ranging from comedians to musicians to scientists.  iPLEX volunteers brought an inflatable planetarium and ran shows throughout the evening and also set up a gravity well demo.  Proceeds from TwentyWonder went to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) – to find out how to donate, visit their website. [Show...

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Invite UCLA volunteers to your school

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Featured, News, Outreach

Invite UCLA volunteers to your school

Are you an educator or youth group leader interested in sharing the excitement of astronomy and planetary science with your students?  Submit a request to have volunteers visit your school or apply to bring your class to UCLA.  Our outreach events include hands-on activities for all ages ranging from building bottle rockets to gazing through solar telescopes. Our list of outreach activities details the hands-on science demos that can be brought to your classroom.  For more specific information about any of these activities and how to apply, visit our request an outreach event page or...

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Exploring Your Universe 2014 Date Announced!

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 in News, Outreach

Exploring Your Universe 2014 Date Announced!

This year’s Exploring Your Universe (EYU) event at UCLA will be held on Sunday, November 16th, 2014.  Exploring Your Universe is an annual event held on the UCLA campus that includes science exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.  The event is free to the public and promises an exciting time and a great learning experience for kids and adults alike. To read more about previous years’ EYU events and other iPLEX outreach events, please visit our outreach page and stay tuned for more...

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Join iPLEX for TwentyWonder fundraising event on Saturday

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 in News, Outreach

Join iPLEX for TwentyWonder fundraising event on Saturday

Join iPLEX and participate in the Downs Sydrome Association of Los Angeles’ (DSALA) annual event, TwentyWonder, a charity event that brings an incredible assortment of artists, scientists, designers, musicians, comedians, actors, athletes, and circus performers to the Derby Doll Factory for one unforgettable night!  iPLEX will host an informational hands-on comet and asteroid booth where participants can interact with scientists from NASA and UCLA who study these objects on a daily basis. The event is hosted by the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, Southern California’s premiere all-female,...

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THEMIS and ELFIN teams share research with local elementary school

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in News, Outreach

THEMIS and ELFIN teams share research with local elementary school

The THEMIS and ELFIN spacecraft teams shared their research with students and parents at Nora Sterry Elementary School during their Science, Literacy, and Math event on Friday, February 14th.  THEMIS outreach coordinator Emmanuel Masongsong delighted young students with magnetic demos and his recently constructed planeterrella, while ELFIN member Kyle Colton shared hands-on demos focused on electricity and satellite communication. iPLEX is actively seeking K-12 educators who would be interested in astronomy or planetary science presentations at their schools or in their classrooms.  For...

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EYU Earth and Space Sciences Lecture Series announced

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in News, Outreach

EYU Earth and Space Sciences Lecture Series announced

The UCLA Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute for Planets and Exoplanets are proud to announce the first annual Earth and Space Sciences lecture series to be held during the Exploring Your Universe event on Sunday, November 17th, 2013.  Each fun-filled talk will be a half hour long, and will be given in Geology 3656 by scientists at the forefront of the Earth, planetary and space science fields. We recommend you arrive ten minutes early to make sure you get a seat.   EYU 2013 Lecture Schedule in Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences (3656 Geology) 1-1:30pm – Life in the...

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Exploring Your Universe 2013 date announced!

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 in News, Outreach

Exploring Your Universe 2013 date announced!

This year’s Exploring Your Universe (EYU) event at UCLA will be held on Sunday, November 17th, 2013.  Explore Your Universe is an annual event held on the UCLA campus that includes science exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.  The event is free to the public and promises an exciting time and a great learning experience for kids and adults alike. To read more about previous years’ EYU events and other iPLEX outreach events, please visit our outreach page and stay tuned for more...

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July 13, 2013: Twentywonder – A Carnival of the Mind Recap

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in News, Outreach

July 13, 2013: Twentywonder – A Carnival of the Mind Recap

On July 13th, 2013, the Institute for Planets and Exoplanets participated in the 3rd annual TwentyWonder, an event to benefit the Down’s Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA). The iPLEX booth, which showcased a sampling of the UCLA Meteorite Gallery Collection and an informational hands-on DIY comet-building activity, was one of dozens of science, art, and performance acts featured at the event held at the L.A. Derby Dolls Doll Factory in Echo Park. Over 1500 people attended the event that the L.A. Times has called “Awesome! An Event PICK!” Overall, it was an excellent evening...

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July 13th, 2013: TwentyWonder – A Carnival of the Mind

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 in News, Outreach

July 13th, 2013: TwentyWonder – A Carnival of the Mind

The Institute for Planets and Exoplanets will participate in the Downs Sydrome Association of Los Angeles’ (DSALA) annual event, TwentyWonder, a charity event that brings an incredible assortment of artists, scientists, designers, musicians, comedians, actors, athletes, and circus performers to the Derby Doll Factory for one unforgettable night! iPLEX will host an informational hands-on comet and asteroid booth where participants can interact with scientists from NASA and UCLA that study these objects on a daily basis. The event is hosted by the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, Southern...

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November 10, 2012: Explore Your Universe!

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 in News, Outreach

November 10, 2012: Explore Your Universe!

Explore Your Universe 2012 will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm at UCLA’s campus. This event is FREE of charge to the public and family-friendly! We will feature many activities and demonstrations open to the general public (including students), and we plan to have more than last year! Activities for all ages include workshops, faculty and graduate student talks, planetarium shows, solar telescope viewing, comet making, weather tours, dinosaur fossils, physics demos and much more! This event includes participation from the Department of Physics and...

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Exploring Your Universe!

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 in News, Outreach

Exploring Your Universe!

Exploring Your Universe (EYU) is a FREE public outreach event held on the UCLA campus every year in the Fall that showcases science from departments across UCLA through hundreds of fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments for all ages. With wide involvement from students, staff and faculty, EYU has quickly become the main science outreach event at the university. In addition to hands-on demonstrations and experiments, there is a lecture series, a planetarium show, a physics show, and access to rare fossils and UCLA’s world-class meteorite collection – this event truly has...

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