How do you study something too small to see? Beauty and Charm is an engaging, exciting, exploratory physical science program featuring themes such as "Methods of Science," "Seeing the Unseen"
and the "Human Element of Science." Activites help your students understand how to learn about things they can't see and expose them to the world of particles physics. Each free field trip includes a Q&A session with a Fermilab scientist. To bring students to Fermilab, teachers need to take a one-week summer workshop at the Lederman Science Center.
"I get so excited that I can barely sleep before I come here."
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"I think it's important for (students) to read about science, and I think it's important to do some hands-on science, but most importantly, I want them to see what the future in science could hold for them. I think that students get exposure to science as a real thing; it's not just something that you learn about in school."
At the Workshop:
"I took Beauty & Charm three years ago. I stop whatever I'm teaching approximately two weeks before we come here and we do some of the detector activities… It brings it down to a level that they really can understand and wrap their heads around, and I think that's important."
In the Classroom: [Interviewer: "Do they seem to get more out of the field trip by the preparation work that you do with them?] "A thousand percent. A thousand percent…. I have them read articles that are, quite frankly, way above their heads—way above my head—but I want them to read it, I want them to get accustomed to the vocabulary… I tell them, 'Pick out the stuff that makes a little bit of sense to you'. Then they go back to the classroom and I say 'Okay, pick out an experiment or a concept that you really kinda have some questions about, and I want you to write to me and I want you to tell me what you'd ultimately like to have happen. And of course they all want to smash protons, they all want to smash stuff. But a lot of them want to talk to a scientist; they want to have a one-on-one, that would be great, but, you know, that is not possible. But it means so much more to them when they have to read about it and then they see it."
On the Field Trip:
"I get so excited that I can barely sleep before I come here. Because of the fact that it makes higher science a lot more clear to me, I know that it's going to be meaningful for the kids, and I want them to hear about everything. I want them to hear about the obelisk, and I want them to hear about the philosophy of everyone being significant. That's important for them to understand, especially at this age; That they have a voice, that their ideas are important, and when they come here, it's the same message that I give them in the classroom. So it's important for them to hear the legend, but it's also important for them to see the equipment and see that these things are actually happening, and it's not just something that you read about in a book, and there are people that care enough to want to sit down and talk to them, and share what's happening. Because really, kids think that they're kind of insignificant sometimes, in a lot of ways. They just do what they're told, and they go through the steps, but nobody tells them why, and nobody says 'What do you think about this?' and nobody's patient, and I think that's important for them, too. I mean, they're actually seeing real science."
"(Students) actually get to see that people are really doing science, and they get paid for it, and they're grownups and they're doing it. They're not just reading about it in Chapter 7. 'Oh my gosh, this is what this person gets to do.' For example, your video [Fermilab: Science at Work], you have [Brendan], and (students) are like ' He came to Chicago from Hawaii? Why would anyone do that?' I said 'Okay. Now you know how excited I get about science; Imagine being so excited that you'd be willing to move from a beautiful place like Hawaii to a cold place like Chicago just for the simple passion of science.' And they're like 'Ohh, okay.' Now, today they were down in the [Science Center] and they learned a lot, so they're like 'I get it!' Making connections."
"You always have those students who enjoy science no matter what it is that you're talking about. But what I see when I bring them here — some of my students who don't do very well in some of their classes come here and just absolutely rock all the questions that the docents ask them. They know what's going on and they're like 'Oh, yeah, a proton has a positive charge,' and you look at them like 'Well, why didn't you answer that on the test?' But now they make that connection…. It's not that a proton has a positive charge…that's meaningless in and of itself. But when you see what we're doing with dark matter and you see what we're doing with energy and you're seeing that we're accelerating protons and you need to know what the charge is in order to get them to move—now it makes sense."
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