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Dear DPP Member,

Since 1988, the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics has made inroads into local education communities at its annual fall meeting, sponsoring a Science Teachers Day of professional workshops and a Plasma Science Expo for students. Every year hundreds of members of the community participate in these events, and take their knowledge back to their school systems that are usually far from the reach of major plasma physics institutions.  To help ensure that this event continues to benefit an ever-growing number of students and members of the public, we ask that your organization consider underwriting the costs of these events.

Science Teachers Day
This event offers workshops, demonstrations, and the opportunity for one-on-one interactions between educators and scientists. Hundreds of high school and middle school teacher attendees across the country have learned about plasma science and its applications, from artificial lighting to nuclear fusion. While increasing their competence and confidence to bring plasma science into their classrooms, these teachers have also made crucial connections with a professional scientific community that is prepared to help where needed.

Plasma Science Expo
The science fair-style event brings thousands of local middle and high school students and gives them the chance to interact directly with researchers from academia and industry, professionals who illuminate the world of plasma with exciting hands-on demonstrations.

Teachers Day and the Plasma Science Expo continue to be high points of the DPP annual meeting, and have helped to gain DPP a reputation as a leader in APS science education, but these events cost money. On average, the Science Teachers Day costs around $20,000 per year, and the Plasma Science Expo approximately $25,000 with costs rising every year. These funds go towards teacher classroom materials, student transportation, substitute teacher reimbursement, expo booth costs, exhibits shipping, and more.

You can be part of the continued growth and success of these programs. Please join us in underwriting the costs of these exciting, educational experiences offered at the DPP annual meeting. All contributors will be acknowledged on APS-DPP education fundraising pages.

Suggested contributions are:

Individual - $50, $100, $150, $200, $250
Supporting Organization - $500 or more
Sponsoring Organization - $1,000 or more

Your tax-deductible gift can be made by check, payable to the “American Physical Society” with “DPP Education Outreach” included in the memo line.  Mail to:

Office of Development
American Physical Society
1 Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD  20740

Thank you, we appreciate your generous donation. You may read about our current program when you visit www.apsdpp.org and click on Science Teachers Day/Plasma Expo in the News box.

We are interested in your ideas for workshops during Teachers Day and booths at the Plasma Science Expo. Do not hesitate to contact me (arturod@pppl.gov) if you believe you or your organization will help us present plasma physics to educators, students and the public in an engaging hands-on way.

Sincerely yours,
Arturo Dominguez, DPP Education & Outreach Chair

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