December 11, Cortland High School physics students got an up-close look at Cornell's high-tech, cutting edge research facility on a field trip. The students learned in the morning, and then taught younger students in the afternoon. It was a great day of science learning!
Students had a tour of the laboratory led by Cornell Postdoc students. The tour included climbing into the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) control room, the synchrotron tunnel, CHESS operations, X-ray hutches, and the Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) prototype. Students enjoyed being immersed in the culture of science in the context of a world-class research facility. Students got a behind-the-scenes look at scientists and their apparati while experiments are underway, literally witnessing science history in the making.
Charles Canestaro, Physics teacher at Cortland High School said, “I wanted to bring students to Cornell to show them how real world scientists work. While there, they were able to hear each researchers story about how they got where they are as well as see interesting things that physicists and engineers do besides solve problems and build things.”
High School Student Andy Ryan said, “I think the field trip brought a highly scientific field to a real world level. I could see myself making scientific explorations in a complex field of science.”
After having lunch at the iconic Cornell Dairy Bar, students then went to Randall Elementary School to demonstrate physics experiments to students in the 3rd grade.
“We wanted to show third graders how science is fun and exciting. The older students were put into groups for demonstrations of physics and astronomy phenomena. Every 5 minutes groups of 3rd graders revolved (astronomy like) around the room. There were 9 different stations. Many questions were asked and all had fun learning. It was awesome to see the interactions between the older and younger students,” Jim Ulrich said.
The students will continue to study and learn about Physics in their science courses. Many of them hope to go to a college like Cornell and conduct experiments to prove groundbreaking scientific breakthroughs!