Acoustic Society of America: Georgia Tech Chapter Outreach Program

Who we are:

The Georgia Tech ASA Outreach Program aims to instill an excitement of science and engineering through teaching and demonstrating the fundamentals of acoustics. We are a small group of Georgia Tech engineering students with a willingness to share our knowledge and experiences with the younger generation, and in doing so, we are investing in our future scientists and engineers.

What we do:

Our group visits schools and events with acoustics-related toys and demonstrations. We bring posters with information relevant to the demo or toy, and we typically interact with the students to engage them in the discovery of interesting acoustic fundamentals.

Our current curriculum is best suited for small groups (20-25 students maximum) where we can more effectively have students interact with the exhibits. We also request that the group consist of a similar age group so we can best focus our material to the level of the audience. Our demonstrations for a single group typically last 30-40 minutes, but more material can be prepared for longer demonstrations (if we have enough staff on hand). We also are able to repeat the demos for a different group after the first group is finished if necessary.

Any further questions about what we do or what we can do for your organization can be directed to the volunteer coordinator here.

Our past experiences:

KITES (Kids Interested in Technology, Engineering and Science) Fair

Organization Webpage

Demonstration of sound with tuning fork at KITES fair 2013

After-School All-Stars

Organization Webpage

Sand forming patterns on a vibrating plate

Family Science Night

Family science nights bring families together to learn about all aspects of science. Whether it is physical science, engineering, or information technology, family science nights bring in guest science instructors to lead families in scientific discovery. Parents and students explore science by participating in hands-on activities and joining in demonstrations and discussions. Guest science instructors lead three identical twenty-five-minute sessions with families that have pre-registered.

How to get involved:

If you are interested in coming to any of these events or even just helping prepare material and demonstrations, send an email to the volunteer coordinator asking to be added to the volunteer list. All events and meetings for the outreach program will be announced to the volunteer email list.

How to contact us to join an event:

We ask that you please email the volunteer coordinator with as much of the following information as possible:

  • Day(s) and time(s) you would like to schedule an event
  • Age(s) and size of group
  • Location (address) and venue (classroom, gym, auditorium, hallway, etc.)
  • Name of your organization
  • Contact info for coordinator (if they are not the person emailing)

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to visiting!