School students from Vladimir at JINR

Education, 03 February 2020

On 30 January, 2020, students of school No. 37 and the children’s technopark “Quantorium” from Vladimir visited JINR.

Excursions to the Museum of History of Science and Technology of JINR and the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems were organised for the guests.

Acquaintance with the Institute began in the Museum of History of Science and Technology where K. Kozubsky told the children about the major scientific projects being implemented at JINR, about the history of the Institute and the most significant discoveries made here. In the experimental hall, the students had an opportunity to carry out simple but interesting physical experiments, and also could see a spectacular demonstration of the Tesla coil.

In the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems, the guests were introduced to several neutrino experiments. A. Antoshkin and A. Sheshukov introduced the students to the NOvA experiment control room. A. Selyunin demonstrated a stand where photomultipliers for the JUNO experiment are tested. The guests were offered a hand-on activity on assembling of a particle detector – a Wilson chamber, as well as a demonstration of experiments with liquid nitrogen. E. Sushenok and M. Kruglov told the students about the experiment located in lake Baikal where the Gigaton Volume Detector is installed; he also gave a tour around the assembly hall of optical modules with the help of which scientists in the nearest future will be able to “catch” traces of neutrinos coming from the depths of the Universe. The school students got acquainted with the photos taken in 2018 during the winter Baikal expedition of JINR specialists.

Accompanied by a University Centre staff member O. Radosteva, the guests took a walk around the Institute part of Dubna, during which they saw monuments to outstanding scientists I. M. Frank, M. G. Meshcheryakov, G. N. Flerov and others.

Olesya Aleksandrovna Andryushko, Deputy Director of School No. 37:
Children had an opportunity not only to expand their knowledge in the field of nuclear physics but also to make sure that it is prestigious and interesting to be a scientist. Children learned about the projects that scientists are working on. Science is the thing uniting people from different countries.

Vladislav Yudin, a student of “Quantorium”:
It was a great trip! We managed to talk with scientists who are real professionals, who know their job well and can talk about it in simple words. We learned a lot of new things, especially about neutrinos. I hope we will come back to JINR and visit other laboratories as well.

Ekaterina Vladimirovna Borisova, methodologist of “Quantorium”:
During such trips, children understand the importance of education. Visiting such scientific centres as JINR can be the next step in shaping the career guidance for those students who have chosen science and engineering as their main fields of interests.
We are grateful to the JINR University Centre specialists, as well as to all the scientific and engineering staff who took part in organising the excursions for school students from our region, for such a magnificent event!

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