Our first show of the school year is December 7 at Harmon Middle School!
ABOUT TEAM PHYSICS!
SAFETY FIRST! Please note we at Team Physics practice all of our demonstrations many times before we present our shows. While there are lots of great physics experiments you can do with your family, please don't try our demonstrations at home unless you have proper training and permission! We love what we do but we also take safety very seriously, which is why we take the time to practice as much as we do! If you have questions about our demonstrations, please use the 'CONTACT' button!
What is Team Physics? For almost twenty years now students have been performing physics demonstrations for middle school and elementary school students throughout Pickerington. Each grade level has a show that is designed both to be exciting and also to relate to the state science standards that students are to learn. High School students volunteer their time to design and modify most of the demonstrations for the show, as well as take time to practice several times before each show. In addition, many demonstrations have been hand made by students, again on their own time. Having the freedom to design and modify demonstrations means the high school students often learn just as much as the younger students in our audiences.
Since 1999 Team Physics has been led by Doug Forrest, first at Pickerington High School and since 2003 at Pickerington High School North. Mr. Forrest currently teaches physics and other science classes at Pickerington High School North. Over the years funding for new demonstrations has been provided through grant awards from a Best Buy Teach grant and a Dominion Energy grant. We perform at schools on a rotating basis so that students within our attendance boundary should be able to see us perform both in elementary school and in middle school.
Students become eligible for to participate in Team Physics by taking a physics course in their sophomore or (usually) junior year of high school. Students who express an interest fill out an application and are selected based on a set of performance criteria. Students who participate in Team Physics as juniors normally go on to take the AP Physics class as seniors, where their second year of Team Physics can allow them to train first year students.