Students of British International School at JINR

News, 15 October 2021

On 13 October 2021, staff members of the JINR University Centre organised a visit of 12-13 grade students studying at the non-state educational private institution “British International School” under the national A-Level programme and specialising in natural sciences. School students got acquainted with the Institute and attended the interactive exhibition “JINR basic facilities” and the Dzhelepov Laboratory of Nuclear Problems.

Nikita Sidorov, a researcher at the Laboratory of High Energy Physics, guided the guests through the exhibition dedicated to the 65th anniversary of JINR, told students about the history of the Institute, and introduced them to the main areas of research conducted in its laboratories.

In the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems, Nikolay Anfimov, the Head of the Methodological Research Sector of the Scientific and Experimental Department of Elementary Particle Physics, told students about the projects implemented at JINR and beyond in which the DLNP staff takes part. Children visited the Control Room of the neutrino experiment NOvA located in Fermilab (USA) and saw how Dubna shifters monitor and control the operation of the installation remotely.

Students were also shown a photomultiplier developed by the DLNP staff for the JUNO neutrino experiment being prepared for commissioning in China. The JUNO collaboration involves scientists and engineers from many countries, including JINR.

Guests saw a number of physical experiments: the Wilson Chamber and magnet levitation over a superconductor cooled by liquid nitrogen.

Clark Theodore William, a teacher of the British International School, commented on the visit to JINR, “The hospitality was amazing and all the guides spoke brilliant English. We were given a tour of the newly opened active zone. This is a very modern and interactive exhibition with VR goggles and demonstrations. It gives an overview of all the scientific work being carried out in Dubna and affiliated sites around the world. Its interactive nature makes it accessible for all ages. Our guide was a scientist working in the Laboratory of High Energy Physics and he gave us some fantastic insight.

We were then very lucky to have the opportunity to visit the Dzhelepov Laboratory of Nuclear Problems. Here we were given an in-depth introductory lecture by the Head of the Methodological Research Sector into the laboratory’s research and then saw the data monitoring area where scientific experiments across the world are monitored. We were then shown a photomultiplier tube and given a demonstration of a cloud chamber and of a superconducting magnet.

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt very lucky to have this opportunity. The staff was all incredibly friendly, informative and answered all our questions. We only wish we had time to stay longer! We will definitely be back again.”