Education and Public Outreach

Interested in teaching and outreach? Read about our opportunities!


Open to all undergraduate andr graduate STEM students interested in physics education and public outreach, and to science teachers, practicing or otherwise, who are interested in professional development in physics, cosmology or space science, or arts-based physics education.

Contact: Dr. Jatila van der Veen at jatila[at]physics[dot]ucsb[dot]edu


Teaching Astronomy with the immersive, interactive  Planck Mission Simulation
  Using the  Physics of Music to teach about how we extract information about the universe from the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Links:

  1. Sonifying the CMB original software
  2. Sonifying the CMB collaborative project with the Media Arts Technology Group
  3. Interactive sonification and map
  Planck Presents! Interactive display for museums & science centers.



Are you interested in “STEM to STEAM” – teaching physics through arts-based teaching strategies? We have several curriculum projects using arts to teach physics that have been developed for college and middle school.

College: Symmetry and Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics

Middle School: Teaching Physics through Dance: In the summers of 2013, 2014, and 2015 Dr. van der Veen was the choreographer in residence at Notre Dame University’s Art 2 Science Camp where she developed three dance productions that were performed by the campers: Lives of Scientists, The REAL Big Bang Theory, and Symmetry and String Theory: The Search for Nature’s Deepest Secrets.
Interested teachers who would like to produce these shows with students please contact her for information at jatila[at]physics[dot]ucsb[dot]edu.

Or get involved with one of the ongoing projects in Experimental Cosmology:

Exploring the Galaxy in Microwave and Radio Frequencies, Near-Earth Crossing Object Detection and Deflection System, Morphable Mirror Telescope, Simulations and Modeling, and more!

Contact: Professor Philip Lubin at lubin[at]deepspace[dot]ucsb[dot]edu


Funding sources: NASA Planck Mission, NASA Summer of Innovation, NASA Space Grant