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CMSO has provided support for The Wonders of Physics (TWoP) outreach education program since 2004. The mission of TWOP is to generate interest in physics among people of all ages and backgrounds. Our programs demonstrate key concepts of physics in a fun, engaging way. The objective is to generate interest in physics and encourage children to consider careers in science and plasma physics. The centerpiece of TWoP is a public lecture consisting of a series of dramatic demonstrations designed to illustrate basic physics principles. Since 1984, more than 290,000 people have seen a presentation of TWoP; over 680 TWOP shows have been presented to about 118,000 persons during the past five fiscal years; in FY 2012-2013 we gave 170 presentations, reaching an estimated audience of 36,000 persons.

Now in its 31st year, our annual campus presentations of The Wonders of Physics continue to be very popular: all 3,000 tickets (10 shows, 300 people per show) were distributed within one week. Since 1984, a total of 256 presentations have been given, with a cumulative audience of 90,580 people.

TWOP traveling shows are also in demand. Each Traveling Show presentation is 45-60 minutes in length and includes entertaining, educational demonstrations of motion, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism, and plasma. TWOP presentations have been given in all 72 counties in Wisconsin, 36 other states, the District of Columbia, Quebec, Portugal, Egypt, and Japan, reaching a cumulative audience of over 200,000 people. Organizations involved include: WMTV (NBC) Channel 15: monthly live televised science demonstrations; UW-Madison Astronomy Department: Speakeasy Science (new program for adults); Wisconsin Alumni Association: Grandparents University; Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts: American Nuclear Society workshops, Baraboo Circus Heritage, Cub Scout Pack Meetings; UW-Madison Engineering Dept.: Engineering Expo; Biocore Outreach Ambassadors: Family Science Nights.

Programs for women, persons with disabilities and underrepresented minorities include: PEOPLE Program: Summer Workshop, Middle School Cohort (pre-college pipeline event for 200 students of color, low-income); UW-Madison School of Education & Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council: Indigenous Health and Wellness Day; Girl Scouts of Wisconsin & UW-Madison Astronomy Dept.: Space Place Girl Scouts Event; 10th Annual International Festival of Urban Movement: “Breakin’ the Law & Breaking Ground” (present “Physics of Break Dancing”); Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) & Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID): Wisconsin Science Festival, Super Science Saturdays, Afterschool Expeditions, MLK Youth Service Day, Drop-in Field Trips; Morgridge Center for Public Service & WARF: Hammersley Monday Afternoon Program; APS-DPP Conference: Science Teachers Day, Plasma Sciences Expo; UW-Madison School of Education: College for Kids, CFK II; UW-Madison Science Alliance: Science Expeditions; Madison Metropolitan School District: Family Science Nights.

Outreach programs involving CMSO faculty, staff and students include: UW-Madison Physics Dept.: Annual Physics Fair; UW-Madison & Sigma Delta Epsilon - Graduate Women in Science: Expanding Your Horizons (EYH - annual career conference for about 400 6th-8th grade girls); WARF / WID: Wisconsin Science Festival (interactive plasma displays).

TWOP hosts two websites: Dr. Sprott's Annual Show website, and our newly renovated Traveling Show site. Both websites feature event information, online learning and teaching resources, photo and video galleries, and relevant links. The traveling show also has a dedicated page to their Physics of Plasma Show, which is a new installment to their already expansive repertoire of shows. Dr. Sprott’s website has been accessed 572,031 times. The new Traveling Show website has been visited 3,261 times (2,987 unique visitors) from May 8, 2013 to July 18, 2013 (72 days), from 106 countries. We are in the process of developing our social media presence via Facebook and Twitter.