Campers Discover Plasma
The Plasma Camp professional development workshop for teachers was this past week. A dozen high school and middle school teachers from around the country performed experiments with plasma balls, half-coated fluorescent light bulbs, and DC glow discharges. The participants studied the current world energy production and consumption rates and worked with a computer simulation to project various energy scenarios. Finally, they developed new curricula for their classes that weave plasmas and energy into existing topics. Plasma Camp was taught by Master Teacher Nick Guilbert, with assistance from Aliya Merali and Andrew Zwicker.