Physical Sciences outreach: partnerships with schools and the community

Children participating in a science experiment at Exploring Your Universe 2016

Outreach and community service programs are an integral part of Physical Sciences and its departments. Our dedicated faculty and students take time out of their research activities to run and teach the programs below. These programs connect K–12 students and the local community with a greater understanding of scientific discovery through our researchers’ expertise, and encourage future Bruins to pursue careers in the sciences, mathematics, and teaching.

Exploring Your Universe: An Annual Day of Science at UCLA

Exploring Your Universe Exploring Your Universe 2017(EYU) was first presented in 2009 when graduate students from UCLA’s departments of Physics and Astronomy and Earth and Space Sciences decided to offer a free day of science fun to folks of all ages from all over the Los Angeles community.

While EYU began as a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, it quickly expanded to offer talks and hands-on activities covering a wide variety of scientific subjects, from chemistry to nanotechnology to Newton’s laws to dinosaurs. To accomplish this, many students, faculty, and staff from across UCLA sign up to offer activities and talks during Exploring Your Universe.

We believe there is something for everyone at EYU and invite you to join us each November for this free event for the whole family.

Year-Round Programs

Curtis Center for Mathematics & Teaching: The Philip C. Curtis Jr. Center for Mathematics and Teaching is dedicated to researching and developing K-16 mathematics programs for students, teachers, and future teachers.

Los Angeles Physics Teachers Alliance Group: A unique, hands-on opportunity open to any high school student interested in learning about experimental physics. Since its founding in 1993, more than 20 high schools, several community colleges, and two universities (UCLA and USC) have partnered on experiments.

UCLA California Teach: Encouraging UCLA students who are studying math, science, and engineering to consider teaching math and science by offering guided exploration of teaching as a career, and additional support and pathways for those who decide that teaching is for them.

UCLA Mathematics Project: UCLAMP is part of a statewide program that strives to make a positive impact on math teachers and their students. The project’s goal is to enhance the skill sets of K-12 math teachers who can in turn increase their students’ ability to succeed. Based on twenty-five years of experience, UCLAMP has developed a program that is helping to make significant differences in the quality of teaching in urban schools.

UCLA Science Project: Designing and implementing programs that identify, develop, and promote strategies that make good science instruction available and accessible to all students.

Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences: Serving students and faculty in all areas of life and physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. Its primary mission is to promote, develop and celebrate undergraduate student research with the overall goal of enhancing undergraduate education and preparing students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, for academic and research careers.

If you have an outreach effort within Physical Sciences that you would like to list here, please contact Lisa Garibay at or 310-825-1040.