Simon Fraser University

Past Outreach Activities

 Past events:

  • October 31, 2009 - First Science Spooktacular Halloween Show had over 500 parents and children in attendance. A lively demonstration show was presented jointly by the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at SFU.
  • March 6, 2009  - First International Year of Astronomy workshop on telescopes and star gazing at SFU presented by Howard Trottier to a Cub Scout group. These workshops have been continuing through the summer and Fall of 2009. 
  • February, 2009 - SFU Surrey Open House. The Physics Studio was open for tours and fun physics activities hosted by Simin Bagheri Najmi and Neil Alberding.
  • December 2008 - Science in Action workshops on forces and levers for grade 4-6 students at SFU
  • November 2008 - Dr. Sarah Johnson gave a lecture at the "Math Meet and Greet" event. The talk was entitled: "Why Study Physics?".
  • May 31, 2008 - SFU Open House. We presented many exhibits including a very popular Physics for Kids section. There were also two performances of the Fearless Feats of Physics Show presented by Howard Trottier and Sarah Johnson with backstage help from Jeff Rudd and Michael Steger.

The Fearless Feats of Physics Show - May 2008

  • April 25, 2008 - High School Open House at the Physics Department.
  • March 8, 2008   Prof. Simon Watkins gave a lecture for "Taste of Pi" organized by SFU Dept. of Mathematics.  This talk is aimed at high school students. The title was:"Semiconductor devices: quantum physics in your life".  More details here.  The presentation is available in pdf format here.
  • March 7, 2008 Prof Dugan O'Neil gave a lecture at the Dept. of Mathematics "Meet and Greet" event on March 2007. The talk was entitled: "Using the Biggest Machine in the World to Study the Smallest Things in the Universe".
  • December 4, 2007  4 one hour workshops for grade 8 elementary school classes.  Topics: physics of fluids, fun with siphons and water pressure
  • May 1, 2007   Workshops for grade 4 classes: "Light" and "States of matter".  Four 30 minute workshops on the topics of light and states of matter for grade 4 classes. Held on site at SFU department of physics
  • April 27, 2007 Open House for Prospective Physics Students
  • March 20, 2007 Physics Career Night. Organized by the Science Coop office. For more info:
  • November 17, 2006  Lectures by two SFU physics faculty members: Prof. Emeritus Anthony Arrott, "Tesla and Edison according to Henry Ford",  and  Prof. Bret Heinrich, "Spintronics-new way of electronics".  These talks are being held as a part of a special symposium to celebrate the 150th birthday of Nicolai Tesla, one of the pioneers of modern electricity and magnetism.  For more information see
  • November 4, 2006  Lecture: "Our Universe: Facts and Speculations", Speaker: Prof. Levon Pogosian, SFU Physics Department
    This talk is a part of the "Taste of Pi" event organized by the SFU Department of Mathematics, Time: 9:00 -12:30    Place: IRMACS Presentation Studio. Further ino at
  • October 20, 2006 Science Discovery Day: The faculty of Science will be hosting a variety of events for grade 10,11, and 12 students.  This is a professional development day.  More information will be available shortly.  Physics will be presenting 2-hour hands-on sessions entitled "Superconductors and Levitation"
  • June 3, 2006 SFU 40th Anniversary Open House.  Physics provided several events including Physics Shows, information sessions, and activities for students of all ages.
  • June 2, 2006 Physics Fun Day Workshops, physics shows and other activities for elementary school students
  • May 13, 2006 "Catalyst 2006" BC Science Teachers Conference, Whistler BC:
    • Sarah Johnson, SFU Physics: "Hubble Space Telescope Data Analysis"
    • Barbara Frisken, SFU Physics: "PEM Fuel Cells - A physicist's view"
  • April 28, 2006 Open House for Prospective Physics Students (high school students and first year SFU students welcome!)
  • Feb. 17 and 26, 2006 "Superconductors and Levitation"   Hands on workshop and information presentation geared to Grade 11 and 12 high school students. Organized as part of SFU's annual Scientific I event.  Fun with high voltage, persistent superconductivity and much much more.
  • April 29, 2005 Open house for High School Students
  • April 22, 2005 Open House for students ages 5-11 (Einstein World Year of Physics Activity) 
    Click here to see some pictures of the Open House
  • Feb 28, 2005 Rocky Kolb lecture (Harbour Centre)(Einstein World Year of Physics Activity)