Physics Teachers Program at CERN Summer 2011 turned 3 today!
All good things …
Well, you know the rest of the words. As the skies lighten here we say goodbye to the amazing experience that was CERN HST2011, a program that brought people together from all over the world, uniting them in a simple, common passion, teaching physics.
On a morning when scientists announce a hint of the Higgs boson in their LHC data we say goodbye to these new colleagues and friends. Perhaps this small video encapsulates some of the magic that has been HST2011. it is best watched in full screen and with sound.
Working Group Presentations
One of the groups at the podium to make their presentation to the entire HST2011 team.
Meeting a Nobel Laureate at Breakfast
Perhaps this is one of the few places on earth where a Nobel prize winner might be sitting across from you at breakfast. The main CERN restaurant is such a place. There is no visible hierarchy. And so it was that I came to be sitting across from Jack Steinberger, who shared the Nobel Prize in 1988 with Leon Lederman and Melvin Schwartz for the discovery of the muon neutrino (while all three worked at Columbia). Steinberger moved to CERN in 1968. Although retired he is apparently to be found at CERN most days. His Nobel medal was presented to his high school in Illinois. He is wearing the school’s sweat shirt in this photograph.
The Particle Accelerator Game
Various working groups presented products and concepts that they developed over the course of the three-week program. This board game, even though it exists only in draft form, as you see it here, proved to be very appealing, and in a test with program colleagues, the game last well into the night. In fact, it proved to be quite irresistible.
Note the British Columbia Institute of Technology pen (with built-in LED circuitry) being held here by one of the two game creators.
APEGBC Engineering Button
One of our colleagues working on a closing presentation, and sporting the APEGBC button.
The circuitry in the button features an onboard battery. The battery is unfortunately not easily replaceable. However, the battery should last quite a while, especially if the flashing is switched off when the button is not being worn.
APEGBC Engineering Buttons
A small sub-group of the HST2011 program sports the APEGBC I Love Engineering buttons. The buttons have a small LED flasher circuit which lights up the centre of the heart logo. Closing the pin, when the button is affixed to say a shirt, completes the circuit and starts the flashing of the LED.
APEGBC Engineering Buttons
The I Love Engineering buttons provided by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC have proven to be very popular. Here our colleague from Cameroon sports the much sought-after button as the group sets out on a bus trip.
At the CERN Control Centre
Visiting the CERN Control Centre was one of the highlights of the HST program. Most of the HST2011 program participants are to be found in this photograph.