Absolute Zero Campaign Update
On June 21, the DCI team met with Absolute Zero executive
producers Meredith Burch and David Dugan. Both Meredith
and David were pleased to report that production is on
schedule and PBS should receive a review copy by the end of
the year. The production team is hoping for a March or April
premiere. Production photographs will be added to the
“About Absolute Zero” section of the campaign Web site under Production Photos..
Community Education Guide
The Absolute Zero Community Education Guide is meant to serve
as a resource for informal science educators and classroom
teachers of students in grades 6-8. The Guide, which will focus on
topics covered in the series, will serve as a road map for
comprehensive presentations including hands-on demonstrations, questions to
encourage student participation, suggestions for how to lead the class, and ways to
motivate students to continue studying the science topic at hand. The Guide is under
review by several members of the National Awareness Advisory Committee (NAAC). It
will be available by the end of August. Print copies will be sent to Partners and a
downloadable version will be placed on the campaign Web site.
Science Professional Outreach Guide
Another important document, the Absolute Zero Science Professional Outreach
Guide, will contain recommendations and strategies for successfully engaging
students and the public in schools, museums, libraries and other community
settings. It will be available by early Fall.
National Partner Conferences and Meetings
Summer is shaping up to be a very busy time for the Absolute Zero team. DCI
produced customized Absolute Zero promotional flyers for several National Partner
- CryoCoolers 14 – Annapolis, MD. Laurie Huget, exec. director
of the Cryogenic Society of America (CSA), attended this meeting.
- ASHRAE Annual Meeting – Quebec City, Canada
- AAPT Summer Meeting – Syracuse, NY
DCI is also creating promotional materials for the Applied Superconductivity Conference
in Seattle, Washington.
Please let us know about your upcoming conferences. We will be happy
to discuss how best to promote Absolute Zero
with speakers, flyers, posters,
etc. Please contact Allan Childers (firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign Web site
Throughout the summer, there will be new content and
campaign updates on absolutezerocampaign.org. In
addition to the Community Education Guide, you can expect
to find several interactive and downloadable educational
games for students and teachers.
Look for word searches,
crossword puzzles and even an Absolute Zero Sudoku
puzzle! Check the “Get Involved” section of the site for
these and additional pictures, links and resources.
We will be happy to feature your low-temperature
educational materials. Please contact Allan Childers
Absolute Zero Experts
Another feature of the campaign Web site is the “Ask the Experts” section where
experts in this special scientific field will answer questions. We are seeking individuals
who are willing to assist with these inquiries as well as experts who will participate in
educational presentations at schools, community groups or other public forums. If you
have candidates for these important tasks, please contact DCI.
We are pleased to announce that National Partners have
begun to promote Absolute Zero to their members and
constituents in organizational newsletters, magazines and
bulletins. For example:
- ASTC - Sean Smith announced their support of
the campaign in ASTC INFORMS (biweekly e-mail
- CSA – Laurie Huget reported on the NAAC
meeting and Web site launch in the spring 2006
edition of CSA’s publication, Cold Facts.
- SPS – Gary White announced their involvement in
the campaign on the SPS Web site.
- ASHRAE – Ashley Pruett placed a short piece on
Absolute Zero in the “Student Zone” section of
their organization’s Web site.
All of these announcements and links to Web sites can be
found in the “Press Room”.
Stay Tuned ...
Coming this fall will be an Absolute Zero Webinar that will
support the Science Professional Outreach Guide. Led by
several outstanding scientists/educators, viewers will
receive tips on how to conduct effective and entertaining
low-temperature physics presentations.