Simon Fraser University

Outreach Bookings (Google Calendar)


Laser light in jello


Outreach Activities:

  • Lasers in Action 
    As part of worldwide LaserFest 2010 festivities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first working laser, the Physics Department is hosting Lasers in Action workshops.  These workshops, targeted at grade 8 students but open to other ages, introduce students to the properties of light, how it interacts with matter, what makes laser light special, and provide many opportunities for hands-on experiments with light.  Who will be able to complete the multi-level laser obstacle course? These workshops were featured in an SFUNews story and a YouTube Video. For more information or to inquire about booking a visit for your class, please contact Derek Sahota and Anna Schiffer here.
  • TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lectures at SFU 
    The popular TRIUMF Saturday Morning Lecture series is now offered at SFU Surrey. 
    The lectures will be at a level appropriate for high school students and members of the general public. Lectures run from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon. Free parking is available and the Surrey campus is adjacent to the Surrey Central Skytrain station. See for registration, directions, and more information.


Two participants in the March 2012 Girls Exploring Physics workshop.

  • Girls Exploring Physics 
  • A free workshop at SFU Burnaby for girls in Grades 9-10. This workshop includes two hands-on activities in physics sub-disciplines that women faculty at SFU specialize in: Biophysics and Condensed Matter Physics. There will also be a discussion of the career opportunities available to students who study physics at the university level. During the lunch provided to the participants they will have a chance to interact informally with women physics faculty and students from SFU. 
    For more information about the workshop please go to the Girls Exploring Physics website

Science Spooktacular 2009 - Photo by Aaron Springford


  • Science Spooktacular 
    An afternoon of spooky science fun presented by the Faculty of Science. Come out and see lots of Creepy Creatures and play with some Halloween-y Hands-on science activities in the south concourse of the Academic Quadrangle, just outside Shrum Science Centre lecture hall B9200. We will present the Phantom Physics and Cryptic Chemistry show twice. Check out this YouTube video to see how much fun science can be. F
    or more information please go to the Spooktacular website.
  • Astronomy Telescope Workshops for Grade-School Children
    These astronomy workshops are being organized in cooperation with the SFU science outreach program Science in Action. Check out our YouTube Video. If you would like to register your school or community group for a workshop this Fall, please email Dr. Sophie Lavieri, Director of Science in Action, at
  • View the cosmos through a telescope!
    The physics department hosts "Starry Nights @ SFU", free events that are open to the public. On these nights you can view a variety of celestial objects through our telescope, including planets, the Moon, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. We also take astronomical images with a CCD camera, which are then made publicly available for download.You are also welcome to bring your own binoculars or portable telescope: the more gear we have on hand, the merrier!
    For more information please visit our web site
    To receive up to date information on our public events please subscribe to the Starry Nights @ SFU mailing list by contacting 
    Howard Trottier (Email: Phone: 778-782-4465).

  • High school physics lectures by SFU faculty
    The following faculty have agreed to give general interest talks at high schools as their time schedule allows. Please allow lots of lead time.  Contact info together with approximate titles are listed below:
    • Prof Nancy Forde ( "The physics of life".  Learn about new developments in the exciting area of biophysics
    • Prof Dugan O'Neil  (  "Using the Biggest Machine in the World to Study the Smallest Things in the Universe".  Learn about SFU professor's role in the massive Atlas project.
    • Prof Levon Pogosian ("Cosmology for curious minds". Learn the latest facts and speculations about the origin, composition and evolution of our universe.
    • Prof Mike Vetterli (  "Particle Physics: How do you  study what you can't see?"  Learn why the largest instruments in science are needed to study the smallest objects in Nature.
    • Prof Simon Watkins (  "Semiconductor physics and Einstein".  Learn about the enormous impact of semiconductor physics in everyday life and some surprising connections between semiconductor physics and Einstein's theory of general relativity
  • Workshops for High School Students: (Simon Watkins,
    A limited number of presentations to individual high schools in the lower mainland are available on a first come first served basis. These include an overall presentation on undergraduate studies in physics at SFU, followed by some exciting physics demonstrations and hands-on activities. These presentations can be performed at the individual school, or at SFU depending on the circumstances.
  • Development of Instructional Resource Package modules for BC elementary school teachers: We have developed some simple hands-on activities for elementary school teacher to consider using in their classrooms with relevance to the BC Ministry of Education learning outcomes.  Click here to test our recent contributions.


revised June 2010