KIPAC members participate in a wide range of outreach activities, including but not limited to:

Astronomy on Tap 

The local Astronomy on Tap has been organized by KIPAC graduate student Sean McLaughlin, and features speakers from Stanford, SLAC, NASA Ames, UC Berkeley, and elsewhere around The Bay.

Bay Area Science Festival

KIPAC members have participated in the Bay Area Science Festival is an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Festival features hundreds of hands-on-activities, provocative conversations, and tours of facilities, all designed to connect you with the Bay's scientists and engineers.

KIPAC Open House

This annual event draws crowds of all ages to share in our in our enthusiasm for the universe. KIPAC members answer your burning questions on topics ranging from the cosmic microwave background to gravitational lenses and we host a range of hands on activities for all ages.

KIPAC Public Lectures

Have you ever wondered how the Universe works or how it began? Have you ever been curious about how many planets there are out there? Or what it would be like to fall into a black hole? You can attend our free and open to all  public lectures every two weeks, given by KIPAC astrophysicists -- now online!


SAGE-S (Science Accelerating Girls' Engagement in STEM) is a one week long on-campus  residential summer camp for public high school students (age 14-17) held at SLAC.  It is hosted by scientists and engineers from KIPAC and across the lab who share what everyday life is like in the STEM profession. 

SLAC Public Lectures

Ever wonder what goes on at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory? The SLAC Public Lecture Series is your chance to find out! The evening lectures highlight the cutting-edge science happening at the laboratory. Including the latest discoveries from KIPAC and from across the lab, SLAC public lectures provide non-scientists with a unique insight into the workings of our universe.

SLAC Tours

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory offers free tours for the public and for school groups.  Tours last approximately 90 minutes, and often include the LSST camera and the KIPAC visualization lab with movies of the cosmos.  Public tours are on hold for now, but virtual tours are coming very soon!

Skype a Scientist 

KIPAC members are among the thousands of scientists available to video chat into your classroom and have an open discussion with your class! The goal of the program is for students to have positive experiences with scientists and form a personal connection with someone working in a scientific field.


The Stanford Program for Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in Physics (SPINWIP) is a virtual summer outreach program hosted by KIPAC and the Stanford Physics Department, with active participation by KIPAC members, designed to get high-school girls excited about physics. This 3-week program is completely free to participants, and is held through video chat.  First-generation students and students from underrepresented backgrounds in physics are particularly encouraged to apply. Absolutely no prior knowledge of physics or coding is required.  In Summer 2021, the program will have a scientific focus on astrophysics and quantum computing.


Splash is a program that brings students in grades 8-12 from everywhere to Stanford's campus for a two-day learning extravaganza. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates, many of them from KIPAC.

If you are a KIPAC member interested in outreach activities, please join the #outreach channel on slack!