The Breakfast of Science Champions is a campus wide event that offers Columbus City Schools middle school students the opportunity to explore science, math, and engineering. CCAPP in partnership with the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) hosts a group of students in the Physics Research Building. Students start their morning on campus and enjoy a breakfast with researchers before getting started with physics demonstrations, lab tours, a planetarium show, and learning about career opportunites in the sciences.
Across campus, nearly 500 middle school students attended from area schools, including: Buckeye Middle School, Champion Middle School, Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls, Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, Ecole Kenwood, Hilltonia Middle School, Indianola Informal School, Mifflin Middle School, Starling STEM PreK-8, Sherwood Middle School, Yorktown Middle School, and Woodward Park Middle School.
In 2015, students assisted with experiments using liquid nitrogen and explored simulated comets and attended session to learn about gravity and the Universe.
This event does not end on campus. After the campus visit in the fall, researchers head to the Columbus City Schools in the winter for Science Day, a followup event including more demostrations and conversations about career opportunities.