Due to unforeseen budget cuts, this program was cancelled in 2014.
The Plasma Science and Fusion Energy Institute (Plasma Camp) is a one-week intensive workshop for high school and advanced middle school teachers designed to study plasma physics and fusion energy through experimental research in our state-of-the-art laboratories. Participants will perform experiments, in collaboration with laboratory scientists, that investigate the basic properties of plasmas. Finally, plasmas are ideal to illustrate many concepts in the curricula including waves, atoms, nuclear reactions, relativity, electricity and magnetism. An integral part of the workshop will be the development of new plasma-based lesson plans, student-led investigations and demonstrations.
All participants will receive equipment similar to what is used during the workshop to take back to their classroom. In addition, up to $2,000 is available through a mini-grant to purchase additional equipment after completion of the workshop.