Symposium on Horizons in Astronomy and Physics Education

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Since 2008 the UNC-BEST program has invited North Carolina physics (and other) teachers to join us for a symposium on current advances in physics, astronomy, and the teaching of these subjects in secondary schools. The symposia feature talks by leaders in the field about astronomy and physics research, the application of physics in a variety of contexts, and physics and astronomy pedagogy.There are also hands-on activities and sometimes tours of research labs in the UNC-CH Physics & Astronomy Department or activities at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.



Teachers who come to SHAPE have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from other teachers from across North Carolina in an informal atmosphere. Those who attend the entire symposium are eligible to receive Continuing Education Unit credits.


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To see list of speakers and hands-on activities from recent symposia, look here.

The list of speakers for the 2020 symposium includes:

After lunch there will be a hands-on workshop Making Lights Blink and Performing Physics Experiments: Microcontrollers for Fun and Profit by Dr. Stefan Jeglinski (UNC-CH).




The symposium will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Department of Physics and Astronomy on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the activities will end at 5:00 p.m. The registration fee of $20 (payable in advance or at the start of the symposium) covers all symposium materials as well as lunch.

To register for the symposium, follow this link. Detailed information about the symposium logistics will be sent to all registrants.

We look forward to seeing you at SHAPE 2020!