The world of elementary particles – up close. Mikajiri Elementary School students do experiments during an ILC seminar

The original article was published in the Iwate Nippo (July 15th edition). Read the original here.

Mikajiri Elementary School in Kanegasaki Town had a lecture on the ILC on July 13th where 19 fifth graders learned about the ILC from Dr. Tomoyuki Sanuki, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Science at Tohoku University.

Students tried their hand at cloud chambers, a science experiment that uses dry ice to visualize the paths taken by radiation. The ILC will also be used to study particles not visible to the naked eye, and the students learned that it would aim to solve the mysteries of the universe. One student, Koko Sugawara said the lecture had taught her many new things. “I was surprised to learn that the human body and the universe is made up of small particles (elementary particles.”

Associate Professor Sanuki called on the students to work hard. “The biggest research facility in the world could be built right here in your backyard. I want you to study English and science as hard as you can.”

This is the first such seminar held by the town of Kanegasaki. This fiscal year they will also hold seminars at Kanegasaki Elementary School and Nagaoka Elementary Schools.