Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University Physics Concepts Outreach Program

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Leonard Kisslinger

The Carnegie Mellon University Physics Concepts Outreach Program brings children from the Pittsburgh Public Schools to Carnegie Mellon to meet with undergraduate mentors. The program’s two main goals are to teach the students some of the fundamental physics concepts that underlie much of science and technology, and to provide them with hands-on experience and role models to help build their confidence. The program tries to achieve these goals by providing 6-8th grade inner-city students with hands-on experience as they carry out science fair projects during the fall semester, with the help of mentors, presenting their projects at the PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences) science fair in February, and having the students attend lectures on physics concepts given by CMU faculty during the spring semester. The program was founded in 1998 by Professor Leonard Kisslinger, who still runs it.

Kisslinger was recognized with Carnegie Mellon’s Mark Gelfand Award for Educational Outreach for his long-standing work leading this program. In addition, he was the 2017 recipient of a Carnegie Science Award for his work with middle school students.