Friday, July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

          Today we continued our exploration of electricity. We found that the humidity was low enough to conduct some investigations into static electricity. We learned that opposite charges attract and like charges repel. We used a VanDeGraff generator to build up a large static charge. 
We continued to work with circuits using bulbs and batteries. We learned how a light bulb works and we saw his light bulb collection. 
            Later in the morning we explored heat energy. We learned how heat energy was transferred. We discussed how heat and temperature are two different things and a thermometer is really a speedometer. 
            After lunch Brianne DeFrange presented information on how to incorporate the arts into their science lessons. Participants then shared their own ideas on how to incorperate the arts into their science lessons,  We then used a kinestic activity to demonstrate how heat is transferred through solids and liquids. 
           Next we piled into our Fermilab taxi and headed over to the G-2 experiment building. We met Michael Eads ( a physicist who is collaborating with a group of scientist to explore muons and  how they behave in a magnetic field. He is using what can only be described as the worlds largest magnet ( 50 feet in diameter). It had an incredible journey from its place of origin, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York.
            When we returned we moved onto light energy and conducted a reflection relay and then reproduced the activity using lasers and mirrors on a white board. We used the knowledge of the laws of reflection ( it's all about the angles) to play a game called knock hockey. Tomorrow is the last day- wear your fermi T-shirts.