Get Ready for the 2018 SPS Zone 4 Meeting!

Zone meetings bring together students from SPS chapters within geographical zones. They are a fun and effective way for undergraduates to meet other students, present their research, and interact with practicing scientists.

The Zone 4 Meeting will take place April 21-22, 2018 at The University of Maryland campus, where we will be holding a "Celebration of Sustainability," filled with fun and exciting events. Some of these include: Workshops hosted by the UMD Physics Makerspace, Lab Tours focused on green energy and sustainability projects, a Student Poster Session, an Outreach Session from Towson SPS, a genuine Farm to Table Dinner, an On-Campus Sleep-In, and more!

Workshops

We are happy to present a variety of workshops from the UMD SPS Chapter, the UMD Physics Makerspace, and SPS National

Coding Workshop

Saturday, April 21, 2:00pm

Workshop Leads: Orlando Romeo (VP of UMD SPS) and Brady Easterday (Treasurer of UMD SPS) from the UMD Physics Makerspace

The UMD Coding Workshop for the 2018 Zone 4 Meeting will combine the ideas of environmental sustainability with the boundless implementation of technology. We will be utilizing the arduino nano to monitor plant growth based on local environmental characteristics. Temperature, air and soil moisture, and sunlight exposure will be measured for plants subjected to various conditions. Students will be able to learn how to use arduino technology, extract and visualize data, and determine the best settings for plant sustainability.

Coding Workshop Presentation

Community Sustainability Workshop

Saturday, April 21, 2:00pm

Workshop Lead: Stephanie Williams, President of The Society of Physics Students at UMD

An important part of being is good physicist is being in touch with the universe.  In this workshop, we will build planter boxes to grow flowers, herbs, or vegetables.  We will individualize them with designs that represent our unique chapters. You will be able to take your planter back to your department and use it as a discussion piece to talk about the environment, energy use, conservation, natural resources, food physics, and your own carbon footprint!

Sustainable Jobs Workshop

Saturday, April 21, 3:45pm

Workshop Lead: Kerry Kidwell-Slak, Assistant Director, Education Programs, National Society of Physics Students

A physics degree is one of the most versatile credentials you can have when entering the job market. In this workshop, we’ll explore the many opportunities that are available to you and how you can make a difference through your career.

Chapter Sustainability Workshop

Saturday, April 22, 4:30pm

Workshop Lead: Sarah Monk, Associate Zone Councilor, Zone 4, Society of Physics Students

Make sure your SPS chapter is sustainable for years to come by sharing ideas and experiences with other members from around the Zone. In this workshop we will work on realistic goal-setting and implementation ideas to keep your SPS Chapter thriving for years to come.

Good Eating: Sustainable Dessert Workshop

Saturday, April 21

Workshop Lead: Tori Palmaccio, Brady Easterday (UMD SPS Treasurer)

We will be making dessert for our Farm-to-Table dinner using the apples from a nearby orchard. We will focus on eating in ways that are sustainable for the local environment and planet.

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Zone Meeting 2018 Program

Zone Meeting 2018 Program
Program may be adjusted as needed. More details will be added closer to the event.
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Speakers

Speakers
SPS is happy to welcome Dr. Ellen Williams and Dr. Ross Salawitch to the 2018 Zone Meeting.
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Workshops

Workshops
We are happy to present a variety of workshops from the UMD SPS Chapter, the UMD Physics Makerspace, and SPS National
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Movie Night

Movie Night
We will be hosting a movie night on Saturday Night at 9:00pm. If you have a movie preference, please vote in the poll below.
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Sleep-In

Sleep-In
The sleep-in will take place in the lobby of The Physical Sciences Complex and will officially start at 10:30pm at which time the building will be locked down.
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Tours

Tours
 The Zone Meeting will feature tours of some of UMDs cutting-edge facilities working on sustainability efforts.
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Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

Sustainability Scavenger Hunt
Check out some of the awesome sustainability efforts going on at UMD with this Photo Scavenger Hunt!
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