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High School and College Visits

Occasionally, members of the High Energy Physics group visit local High Schools or Colleges to educate students and teachers about high energy physics. Recently, the NY State Regents Exam has added questions about high energy physics, and so it has become important to expose high school students to the concepts of more modern advanced topics such as particle physics.

Previous Visits

Previous visits and talks:

  • "The Discovery of the God Particle", a talk at Liverpool High School, May 23, 2013.
  • Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WEST) meeting at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ -- Friday, April 16, 2013  (Photos here!)
  • "How a quiet shy particle took the Universe by storm: The God Particle", Campus Festival "Making the Future", Potsdam College, Potsdam, NY -- Sat. April 13, 2013
  • "Cosmic Connections: From the Big Bang to the LHC", Weedsport HS, Weedsport, NY -- Dec 20, 2012
  • "From Cosmic Evolution to the Big Bang Machine", Pennridge High School, Perkasie, PA -- May 25, 2010
  • "From cosmic evolution to the Big Bang Machine: discovering and connecting the footprints", North Country Campus Festival, Potsdam College, Potsdam, NY -- Friday, April 23, 2010
  • Weedsport High School -- May 2008 and June 2009 (Photos here!)
  • Fayetteville-Manlius High School --June 2008
  • Chittenango High School -- October  2008
(and several other visits coming up)

Lesson Ideas and Resources

Syracuse University's High Energy Physics Group has an Educational Outreach Power Point presentation (available here) that was developed by Ph.D. student Koloina Randrianarivony. It contains a broad introduction to modern particle physics as well as some details on the kind of experiments that we do. 

Current Visits

This program of visits has been largely superceded by the QuarkNet program, but occasionally arrangements can still be made for individual visits. 

Additionally, students interested in high energy physics (or physics in general) can arrange to visit the Physics Department, meet with professors, and visit some of the laboratories.  This can be coordiated by contacting the department.