2011 NSLS/CFN Joint Users' Meeting

Workshop 5: Bringing Big Science into the Classroom: BNL's NSLS and CFN

Date: Monday, May 24, 2010

Organizer(s): Scott Bronson (BNL/CEPGA), sbronson@bnl.gov; Antonio Lanzirotti (NSLS/University of Chicago), lanzirotti@bnl.gov

Location: Berkner Hall, Bldg. 488, Conference Room B


Every high school science teacher will tell you that students usually learn science best in the laboratory, recreating the experiments that defined modern scientific discovery and theory. Unfortunately, many of the most interesting experiments require instrumentation and equipment that is simply too costly to provide in a classroom laboratory, with price tags that can reach into the millions of dollars. This workshop is designed to provide high school science teachers the opportunity to learn how the two premier user facilities at BNL today, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), are used as research tools and how science teachers can use these resources to conduct real scientific measurements with their students. These resources can allow High School educators and their students to virtually go beyond the classroom walls to use the same multi-million dollar instruments Nobel Prize winning researchers are using for scientific discovery.

Teachers will learn about internet-enabled tools that can allow them to have students use these instruments remotely from the classroom. The workshop also will introduce some real-world scientific problems locally that can be investigated by students using these shopping mall size facilities. The workshop should also be of great interest to beamline scientists that wish to learn what resources are available at BNL to allow them to participate in enhancing secondary science education. Through generous sponsorship from Education and Science foundations, this workshop is offered to the community free of charge.

StartsEndsList of Speakers
8:45 AM9:00 AM
Check-in / Breakfast
9:00 AM9:05 PM Chi-Chang Kao, Ph.D., National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Welcome Remarks
9:05 AM9:30 AM Gerald Stokes, Global and Regional Solutions, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Inquiry and Intellectual Arbitrage
9:30 AM10:00 AM Gilbert N. Hanson, Stony Brook University
You Do Not Have to Go to Some Exotic Place to Do Geologic Research. Exciting Geology is Just Outside Your Door
10:00 AM10:30 AM Maria Brown and Students Rachel Sigismondi, Amanda Rizzo, and Megan Whitehurst, Sayville High School
Bringing Big Science into the Classroom: Sayville High School Students at BNL
10:30 AM11:00 AM Antonio Lanzirotti, Ph.D., University of Chicago
The NSLS’s X-ray Microprobes, Imaging the Chemistry of Our Natural World with Pinpoint High Intensity X-ray Beams
11:00 AM11:30 AM Lisa Miller, National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory
The NSLS Infrared Microscopes: Photographing Chemistry with Invisible Colors
11:30 AM12:00 PM Gabriel Gwanmesia, Delaware State University
Understanding the Earth’s Interior from Synchrotron Laboratory Studies
12:00 PM12:30 PM
12:30 PM1:00 PM William Sherman, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Top Down and Bottom Up: Nanoscale Assembly Techniques at the CFN using Photons, Electrons, Ions and DNA
1:00 PM1:30 PM Tracy Walker, Canadian Light Source
Offer Something Different: An Authentic Scientific Inquiry Experience for High School Students
1:30 PM2:00 PM Tim Herman, Milwaukee School of Engineering
SMART Teams: A Role for Students in the Protein Structure/Function Community
2:00 PM2:40 PM Keith Jones, Environmental Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Interactive Internet Conferencing for High School Environmental Science Projects at the NSLS - A Live Demonstration
2:40 PM3:00 PM
Coffee Break and Poster Session, Conference Room A (Group Photo)
3:00 PM3:20 PM Mark Boland and Jonathan de Booy , Australian Light Source
The Australian Synchrotron's Educational Virtual BeamLine (eVBL) - a real-time demonstration from down-under
3:20 PM3:40 PM Ken White, Scott Bronson, Office of Educational Programs; Tony Lanzirotti, Lisa Miller, National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Your Turn! Roundtable discussion about education outreach efforts at BNL's user facilities, new programs, and suggestions for improvement.
3:40 PM4:40 PM