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Workshop 5: Bringing Big Science into the Classroom

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Organizer(s): Aleida Perez, pereza@bnl.gov (OEP, BNL), Lisa Miller, lmiller@bnl.gov (NSLS-II, BNL), Fernando Camino, fcamino@bnl.gov (CFN, BNL).

Location: Computer Science Initiative, Bldg. 725, Seminar Room


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 for a classroom laboratory.  This session is designed to provide participants the opportunity to learn about two premier research facilities at BNL, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), as resources for the high school science classroom.  Participants will learn how teachers and their students become users of these facilities, allowing them to go beyond classroom walls to utilize unique research tools, the same used by Nobel Prize winning scientists.  Participants will also learn how to gain remote access to NSLS-II and CFN via internet-enabled tools, allowing students to answer real scientific questions from their classroom laboratory.  In addition, session presenters will include teachers that are facility users and will share their experiences and students’ research outcomes.  This workshop will be offered free of charge to participants through the generous sponsorship from the NSLS-II and CFN UECs.

Roundtable Discussion Moderators: Robert Bolen, Maria Brown, Lora Hine, Tony Lanzirotti (University of Chicago), Tracy Walker (Canadian Light Source), Dan Williams

StartsEndsList of Speakers
8:45 AM 
Continental Breakfast (included)
9:00 AM9:30 AM Chuck Black and Qun Shen, CFN / NSLS-II, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Welcoming Remarks
9:30 AM9:55 AM Lisa Miller, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Introduction to NSLS-II and Student Research Opportunities
9:55 AM10:20 AM Fernando Camino, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Shaping the Scientific Workforce of the Future: A Partnership of Long Island High Schools and a World-Class Nanoscience Facility
10:20 AM10:30 AM
Morning Coffee Break (included)
10:30 AM11:00 AM Antonio Lanzirotti, The University of Chicago
An Overview of Educational Initiatives at NSLS and APS
11:00 AM11:40 AM Mary Kroll, West Islip School District
Inspiring Young Scientist to Accelerate using Illumination
11:40 AM12:20 PM Edward Irwin, Freeport Public Schools
CFN Introduces Nanotechnology in Freeport’s District K-12 Science Curriculum
12:20 PM1:00 PM
Lunch (included)
1:00 PM1:30 PM Emily Cotman, NISE Net
The NISE Network: Engaging the Public, Leveraging Partnerships, Building Capacity
1:30 PM2:00 PM Lora Hine, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source
Xraise: Shedding New Light on K-12 Educational Programs
2:00 PM2:45 PM
Round Table Discussion
2:45 PM3:00 PM
Afternoon Coffee Break (included) and Group Photo
3:00 PM5:00 PM
Facilities Visit: NSLS-II and CFN
5:00 PM 
Workshop Adjourns
Workshop 5 Summary