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Science in Public Areas

“Science in Public Areas” is the name of a project developed by the European Physical Society (EPS) in order to promote science awareness within the wide public, through attractive series of questions and answers, displayed in public areas.

How does a candle burn?
Why is the sky blue?
Why do we see a rainbow in a patch of oil on the road?
Why do water-drops dance on the hot plate of a stove?
Why do roads crack in winter?
Why do we always see only one side of the Moon?
These are common questions among children who often ask questions related to physics and relevant to everyday situations.

The core of this education campaign is a panel of 50 questions and answers which will be placed in public areas such as elementary and secondary schools, hospitals, train stations, swimming pools, theatres, etc.
For example, the posters can be put at the entrance of a bus and a second panel with the corresponding answer at the exit, or in theme parks at the beginning and end of a line.
Available in English, French and German, these questions and answers can be printed as a brochure to distribute in schools.

The objective of the campaign is to improve the public perception of physics and physicists and to convey basic principles of physics in a clear, simplified and amusing manner. The answers are short, informative and scientifically correct.
“Science in Public Areas” is intended to stimulate the curiosity of the general public and of young people in particular.
The organiser, the European Physical Society (EPS), is a non-profit association whose purpose is to promote physics and physicists in Europe.

Ophélia Fornari, Project Leader EPS Activities

For more information, please visit the website of the project.


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