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June 2007

Release Date: June 5, 2007

ASU Physics Students Wind Up Annual Road Tour

The Angelo State University Society of Physics Students (SPS) recently finished its second annual Road Tour, featuring physics demonstrations for more than 1,800 elementary and junior high students in five area school districts.

The Road Tour, which covered about 600 miles, was undertaken by the SPS Peer Pressure Team, whose members presented sometimes spectacular visual physics experiments for fifth through eighth grade students at school assemblies. This year, the team visited students in the Irion County, Ozona, Sonora, Del Rio and Uvalde school districts. The Del Rio students and faculty were so impressed that they invited the team back for their summer science camp.

“The purpose of the tour is to excite kids about the possibilities of careers in science,” said Dr. Toni Sauncy, ASU associate professor of physics and SPS faculty advisor. “It’s also important for ASU students in their roles as scientists to be active in the community because it raises public awareness of ASU.”

The formation of the Peer Pressure Team was funded in 2005 by a joint grant from the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society, which also paid for the first Road Tour in 2006. This year’s road tour was funded by a grant from the ASU President’s Circle.

Peer Pressure Team members are Marshall Preas, James Matthews, Jacob Spencer, Morgan Lynch, Jennifer Hendryx, Daniel Bullock, Victor Bautista and Douglas Parsons.

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