The eXtreme Gravity Institute is committed to outreach through a variety of programs. We collaborate strongly with the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) to extend the reach of the science we do to the greater Montana area. The programs we are involved with are listed below.
Celebrating Einstein is a Science Festival developed and premiered in Bozeman, Montana. The festival includes Black (W)hole (an art installation), Speaking of Einstein (a public talk series), Einstein in the Schools (K-12 classroom activities), A Shout Across Time (a danced lecture and an original film and musical composition) and Rhythms of the Universe (a physics and poetry event). Celebrating Einstein has been translated to Spanish and redone in Brownsville Texas in 2014. Other showings include the Cambridge Science Festival and the April APS Meeting in Baltimore in 2015.
STEM Mentoring Program
This is a small program put in place between Park High School in Livingston Montana and the MSU Physics Department. The purpose of this program is to bring high school students to MSU where they are able to visit various labs and meet professors to learn about the current research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Visits range from taking part in hands-on activities and experiments to touring facilities and whiteboard discussions. The eXtreme Gravity Institute is part of the STEM mentor program. Contact Prof. Yunes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program brings together middle-school or high-school students and an Astronomer, an Astrophysicist or a Physicist. Usually, the student sends questions via email or arranges a meeting with a professional scientist to answer any questions they may have. The eXtreme Gravity Institute is part of the Astro-Buddy program. For visits, please contact Prof. Yunes at email@example.com.
Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT)
The Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) provides free presentations about current NASA missions to schools, youth programs, and community groups. The office at Montana State University in Bozeman sends presenters to schools and communities across the state. The interactive SPOT presentations utilize slides, videos, animations and an inquisitive approach to relay the excitement of new discoveries in space science. Presentations can be done in a classroom or assembly setting, as long as a screen or blank wall and an electrical outlet are available.