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Published: Monday, December 07, 2009, 1:51 PM     Updated: Monday, December 07, 2009, 1:56 PM


SuperScience program expands in the wake of

White House initiative


COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The SuperScience for High School Physics program will be announcing a major project that will be available for at least one high school in every Central Ohio school district to participate in, giving students the opportunity to have an impact on physics on an international scale. Since 2005, SuperScience has provided interactive, multimedia presentations for high school physics students with an accurate view of the cutting edge of advanced concept science and technology. The details of this project, and how the schools may participate, will be revealed at a free presentation open to the public at the Main Library auditorium in downtown ColumbusTuesday  December 8th at 7 PM.

SuperScience for High School Physics has been mentioned before in conjunction with discussions concerning the promotion of science and math in schools. It has been a private effort that takes no money from schools, teachers, or students but has been supported by corporate sponsorships and advertising -

Time Warner Cable, locally, was one of the original sponsors for the initial effort along with Plaza Properties, Hugh White Honda, Porter Wright Morris, Interhack, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease,  that involvedBexley High SchoolBriggs High School, and a summer school program at Ft. Hayesin 2005. Time Warner Cable nationally is one of the main corporations involved the White House Educate to Innovate project and has dedicated some 100 million dollars toward programs that will promote the so-called STEM initiatives in schools. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math.

The SuperScience for High School Physics program always featured information and experiences that dealt with theoretical physics, optics, quantum mechanics, advanced propulsion, cosmology, technocogninetics, advanced concept technology and the nature of time itself, using not only videos but classroom participation and an open floor to any questions that any students had at the moment. The focus is on subjects that are beyond the high school curriculum so as to not only give students an accurate view of the state-of-the-art and beyond, but to inspire students to consider going into similar fields.

The timing of the White House announcement comes just as the SuperScience program is about to unveil a major initiative involving Bexley and Columbus Africentric High School that will spread into opportunities for others within Central Ohio. This will serve as the ultimate example of what President Obama told the National Academy of Sciences he was looking for - new and creative ways of engaging young people in science and engineering. 






Top National Lab Day Scientist to Visit Summit Academy High

Posted May 19th, 2010 by Sheila Shirley  Category:


For Immediate Release:

Leading National Lab Day Scientist to Visit Summit Academy High School

The scientist with the most National Lab Day projects in the country will be paying a visit to Summit Academy High School, Thursday May 20th in the afternoon, beginning at 12:20, to do two sessions on data analysis with the classes of teacher Charles Dooley. Research and development engineer, Marshall Barnes, a nationally noted researcher in the area of advanced concept science and technology and probably the leading researcher in the world on the nature of time, will present the experiment in duration dilation reported on in the PLoS One journal study, Does Time Slow Down During A Frightening Event?, the somewhat famous research by Baylor College of Medicine’s David Eagleman.

Marshall’s presentation of the study has become popular with students and teachers because the students analyze videos of the experiment and perform tasks such as critical thinking and timing the two key portions that the study revolves around how long it takes for the participants to fall 150 into a contraption called a Suspended Catch Air Device (SCAD) as well as how long the participants estimated that their falls lasted. The students use technocogninetic analysis to discover and consider all aspects of the test and then compile the data to determine if the results are indeed valid – that duration dilation, the effect of perceiving time slowing down during an intense or frightening event, is a function of elongated memory.

Marshall, who began presenting interactive and multimedia presentations to students some years before the creation of National Lab Day, through his own SuperScience for High School Students program, joined the National Lab Day effort after it was announced by President Obama to be an official part of his Educate to Innovate initiative, last November. Since then he has assisted or personally engaged in numerous National Lab Day projects across the country, from Colorado to New York, from New Hampshire to Louisiana.

 Columbus Leads Nation For National Lab Day

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Columbus Leads Nation For National Lab Day 

by Stacey Hondo 

Dateline Columbus,OH: With sessions on the nature of time, invisibility, the inability of black holes to fit into a single reference frame from all points of reference, and the duration dilation experiment of David Eagleman, one thing is certain - as National Lab Day begins across the country, Central Ohio has emerged as a leader in the movement, and almost by the single handed efforts of one man - Marshall Barnes, R&D Eng. Marshall, working as a volunteer scientist, has not only arranged projects of his own at Bexley, Grandview, and other schools in the area, but has them happening in East Hampton New York, Canterbury, New Hampshire, among other out of state locations. Prior to this kick-off week, he's been consulting and facilitating projects in Cincinnati and Cleveland, as well as in states like Iowa and Colorado, accomplishing an unprecedented reach for a National Lab Day scientist. 

National Lab Day officially begins May 12th but National Lab Day projects have been happening all year and some will be happening even next month. It's an effort to connect scientists, engineers, volunteers and others with schools to do presentations and projects that will promote and encourage STEM - science, technology, engineering and math. 

The surprise is that none of the major institutions in Columbus, like Battelle or Chemical Abstracts, has any recognizable involvement. OSU does, but it is at one of Marshall's events through the OSU Community Extension Center via the Department of African American and African Studies. Marshall points to the fact that he was already interested and involved in the ideas behind National Lab Day when he first learned of it in last November. In fact, President Obama announced his Educate to Innovate initiative ( [] ) not long before Marshall made his announcement to expand his SuperScience for High School Physics program ( [] ) during an appearance on a NBC 4 news program that recognized the achievements of students he had worked with at Columbus Africentric Early College early in the year. After visiting the National Lab Day site and applying to be a volunteer scientist, it wasn't long before the innovator in Marshall saw the opportunity that the networking site had for making connections, not only with local projects, but with those across the country. Especially schools who had projects posted that were in his area of expertise. 

It wasn't long before he was helping a school project in Colorado, and giving advice to a teacher in Hollywood or suggesting a teacher in Iowa get in touch with the Mars Society for help with a project about the red planet. That was in addition to helping and developing presentations that he would do on his own around Central Ohio, across the state and in other states via Skype and other Internet platforms. 

The result is that he has made Columbus a significant player in National Lab Day on a national scale, more than any other city in the country. Enough that he says that Jack Hidary, National Lab Day founder, will be paying visit to Columbus at some point in the next several weeks. 

And it's not just public schools he's interested in. It's all of them. 

"There's no reason that every learning institution, from the largest public school to even those parents who home school their children, can't have some kind of National Lab Day experience. For example, why couldn't COSI have special event where all home schooled kids get in free for a special day of activities, or say some sponsors, who see the value in home schooling, paying for a bunch of them to get in for say a discount? I'm interested in promoting and stimulating young minds and not in the politics of education unless that gets in the way of learning. In the end, everyone ends up out in the real world and impacting it in their own ways, so I just want their early experiences, that will be the drivers for those impacts, to be as positive as possible." 

It's thinking like this that Marshall feels will keep Columbus on the forefront of the STEM discussion, along with efforts like the Columbus Metro High School, ( [] ) which is STEM focused and run in part by Battelle.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio -- Local students learned about time travel in a hands-on experiment, and the man who presented the program plans to expand it around Central Ohio.

Marshall Barnes says he has taken his SuperScience for High School Physics program toBexley High School and Columbus Africentric Early College and plans to expand the program throughout Central Ohio. Barnes is a R&D engineer and technologist.

Four out of 12 Columbus Africentric juniors and five out of 25 Bexley seniors solved a complex experiment involving rocket ships and time travel.

The students realized it was not possible.

They used a model created by Kip Thorne, who was a consultant on the film Contact, which starred Jodie Foster.

The students examined an experiment involving two connected wormholes.

In physics, a wormhole is a hypothetical feature of spacetime that is, fundamentally, a "shortcut" through space and time.

One wormhole was on earth, and one wormhole was in a rocket ship traveling at the speed of light.

The rocket ship is thought to cause time to slow down and affect the wormhole.

The initial and accepted thinking is that the wormhole on the ship is younger and if one entered the wormhole on earth and exited the one on the rocket, one would travel to the past.

The students realized, like Barnes, that it wasn't possible because once outside the rocket, you step into the same external universe, which is not connected to the past.

Barnes said he believes the students retain sensory perceptions that world-renowned scientists have lost. He calls it the Oppenheimer strain, named after J. Robert OppenheimerBarnes said he believes many scientists have a psychological bias that high-school students do not.

He said students tend to use a more holistic approach.

Barnes was to announce the expansion of his program at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

His goal is to inspire students to pursue science education and careers in line with the new White Houseinitiative.