Physics Students Take Part in Cutting-Edge Program

Physics students from High Schools East and West recently participated in an international Particle Physics MasterClass program.

With presentations from physicists from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, students first learned about subatomic particles and the particle accelerators that probe their inner secrets. The group learned how to analyze real data from the Large Hadron Collider, CERN’s 27 km particle collider.

As a culminating activity on March 4, Smithtown students traveled to BNL to share their results with students in California, Sweden and South Africa via a video conference moderated by experts at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva. “This is a fantastic and unique experience for our students,” said Dr. Gillian Winters, High School East physics teacher. “They learn about cutting-edge particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, and they talk to real, live physicists who work on these projects.”