SCPS LAUNCHES SECOND PHYSICS BUS: THE OPTICS BUS

(SANFORD, FL) – Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) will be launching a second Physics Bus at a ribbon cutting event to be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. This event will be held at Pine Crest Elementary Magnet School of Innovation located at 405 West 27th Street, Sanford, FL  32773. The Optics bus will expand student experiences in physics beyond the Mechanics Bus (launched in January 2020) and will provide students with physics experiences based on 4th and 5th grade math and science standards.

The Physics Buses will be making scheduled stops at SCPS elementary schools to provide 4th and 5th grade students with STEM experiences that develop critical math skills. On the Mechanics Bus, students explored sound, gravity, density, forces, motion, and speed. The Optics bus will engage students with lenses, lasers, and prisms as they explore the behavior of light.  

The SCPS Optics Bus was made possible through gracious donations from the following:  SCPS School Board Member Karen Almond, .decimal, Disney, Duke Energy, Lockheed Martin, Matern Professional Engineering, Physcira, and The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools.

“Bringing physics to students at an early age will help remove the stigma of physics and encourage participation beyond elementary school. Physics is mathematics in action. Students need to experience the joy of math and science in a fun, hands-on, and creative setting.

I believe that students who are empowered to study and appreciate physics will open doors to future opportunities in math and science. The SCPS Physics Bus was created to capture the attention of elementary school students and inspire them to pursue accelerated STEM courses in middle and high school.” – Dr. Walt Griffin, SCPS Superintendent

WHAT:          SCPS Physics Bus Ribbon-Cutting Event

WHEN:          Friday, January 29, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

WHERE:       Pine Crest Elementary Magnet School of Innovation

                      405 West 27 Street, Sanford, FL  32773*

*Media:  Please check-in at the school’s Front Office upon arrival.

Press Contact

Michael Lawrence, APR
Communications Officer