Five DIY physics demos | symmetry magazine

Five DIY physics demos | symmetry magazine

In March 2020, Ketevan Akhobadze, an exhibit developer for the Lederman Science Center, turned off the power and watched the mist disappear from the center’s cloud chamber—a simple particle detector used to teach visitors about cosmic rays. Normally, the science center—located at the US Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory—is filled with school groups and families exploring the laws of physics through interactive exhibits. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the center is temporarily closed. Over the past year, Fermilab’s Education and Public Engagement (EPE) Office has continued to bring Fermilab science to the public by taking many of its programs virtual. Luckily, Akhobadze has a knack for creating in seclusion. “I was an only child,” she says, “and my grandma would watch me while both my parents were at work. I had a lot of time for myself, and I would spend it in our large garden exploring and building.” Akhobadze picked the habit back up again while working for the EPE Office from home. With the help of her teenage daughter, Ellen, and under the watchful eye …
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