Our group is highly engaged in the local community, and coordinates or participates in programs that benefit many segments of our neighborhood and community including elementary, high school, and the broader public.
Each year approximately 20 incoming 7th grade students from schools near Hyde Park participate in the Enrico Fermi Summer Internship at the University of Chicago. The internship includes lectures led by university professors, laboratory experiments to apply concepts learned in lectures, and web design for communicating accomplishments to the world. Students will learn about science, computers, and electronics in a fun way, and will build electronic games and devise their own experiments to test scientific concepts.
In collaboration with local elementary schools such as Bret Harte Elementary, we conduct in class lectures, participate in Career Day activities, and even offer Virtual Visits to the experiments that are part of the LHC.
We participate in the International Masterclasses program for high energy physics. Each year more than 13,000 high school students in over 60 countries come to one of about 225 nearby universities or research centres for one day in order to unravel the mysteries of particle physics. Lectures from active scientists give insight in topics and methods of basic research at the fundaments of matter and forces, enabling the students to perform measurements on real data from particle physics experiments themselves. At the end of each day, like in an international research collaboration, the participants join in a video conference for discussion and combination of their results.