GSI’s lab for pupils extends opening hours
In response to the great interest shown in the laboratory for pupils at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, the lab will be open on 3 instead of 2 days per week as of February 2010. The lab allows pupils to conduct experiments on radioactivity and radiation for a day. With two additional teachers being assigned to the lab, GSI is able to extend the opening times. The personnel costs are shared evenly by the GSI Helmholtzzentrum and the Hessian Ministry of Education.
Ever since it opened its doors in fall 2004, the pupils’ lab is in high demand and is fully booked for several months ahead. A waiting time of nearly one year is the rule rather than the exception. To date, more than 6,000 pupils from more than 300 different classes as well as 20 teacher groups have spent a day experimenting at the lab. The lab is as popular among the pupils as it is among the teachers and many schools have already integrated a visit to the GSI pupils’ lab into their syllabus.
By extending the opening hours, GSI responds to this great interest in the lab. Beginning with the new school term, the laboratory for pupils will be open during 3 days per week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (in accordance with the Hessian school term dates). The pupils will be supervised part-time by four teachers, who will also continue to work at their respective schools. Kai Zimmer from the Schuldorf Bergstraße in Seeheim-Jugenheim and Dietrich Voigt from the Claus-von-Stauffenbergschule in Rodgau newly joined the supervision team and will spend a fifth of their teaching time at the GSI pupils’ lab. Axel Gruppe from the Lessing-Gymnasium in Frankfurt and Torsten Gürges from the Heinrich-Heine-Schule in Sprendlingen have been supervising the pupils’ lab for the past two years and will continue to take care of the pupils on two days per week.
With its laboratory for pupils, GSI aims to promote the interest in the natural sciences in pupils between the age of 14 and 19 (9th to 13th grade). Being able to experiment independently, the participants learn how to work and think like a scientist. Based on the syllabus for physics lessons, the pupils can choose between nine different experiments to explore the constituents of matter and the phenomena of radioactivity. Using cutting-edge measuring and analysis technology, they discover the properties of atoms, atomic nuclei and their fundamental constituents, the quarks.
For further information please visit laboratory for pupils.
As of now, we accept bookings for the additional day. To schedule your visit, please contact the manager of the laboratory for pupils Jutta Leroudier at lab for pupils. Please note that due to the large number of requests the processing of your inquiry may take some time.