Ukrainian teachers are ready to share their experience after the return from CERN

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Teachers of physics spent the period from 4 to 9 of December together with specialists from the biggest physical laboratory of high energy where the NC “MASU” have sent them to participate in the IV scientific school of physics.

To participate in this training the teachers had to prepare a research and training curricula for school students aimed at drawing interest to physics. 33 specialists became the participants as a result of selection on a competitive basis.

For teachers these days were eventful and enough busy: lectures, introductory excursions to scientific establishments and testing laboratories, practical works. The speakers were Ukrainians who work at the CERN. Despite the time limit all lecturers tried to furnish as much information as possible.

During the lectures, it has been told about the CERN recent developments that are used in radio medicine and also about the structure of the Universe, substances, explorations oriented on new research.

-         Besides the search of elementary particles – the key target of the big collider, the CERN works upon new scientific ways related with human treatment. Furthermore, the CERN is open for educational objectives. There are many programs for students and school students that give a possibility to promote a love of physics from a young age, – said Mr. Oleg Orlianskyi, an associate professor in Theoretical Physics Department from Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University – one of 33 lucky participants.

The teacher was impressed by high level of security in CERN: in case of fire it is foreseen that on the basis of new technologies specially developed foam will fill the building. A person can go through it freely restriction and, furthermore, breath freely. Mr. Orlianskyi thinks that the Big Hadron Collider is the most complicated modern engine made by humans.  The Internet was also created in the CERN together with pixalized system of the information handling. These technologies are not patented by the laboratory as they were elaborated for the purpose of conducting explorations.

-         In the CERN, it makes no difference what skin tone you have and what language you speak. All people have a common goal. Do you know what is the difference between a physicist and a man engaged in other activities? Even on a beach, a professor with his students will be lying and speaking about something. In physics everybody is equal. There are no generals and superior servicemen. There is one common topic – physics, – confides Mr. Orlianskyi.

The leading research associate from the Institute of Gifted Child of the NAPS of Ukraine and a teacher of physics from school №70 of Kyiv, Nataliya Polikhun told that she was impressed by a design studio:

-         There, students all over the world work on innovative ideas: designers, engineers, managers. They elaborate not only the idea but also its prototype and the implementation plan. And conditions are created for innovations blowing-up. I consider that we can adopt this approach to propel to the next level programs of the Minor Academy of Sciences.

Mrs. Polikhun affirms that in the CERN everything is made to act and create freely. For example, on the floor we can see a circle that is called “Hug me”. In case, if somebody feels uncomfortable or is faced with difficulties he goes in the center of the circle and everybody understands that a person needs some hugs.

We remind that in 2011 the NC “MASU” and the CERN have signed a Joint declaration that opened new possibilities for Ukrainian teachers in particular to participate in scientific programs of the European organization of nuclear research.

According to the President of the Minor Academy of Sciences, Stanislav Dovhyi, all scientific schools for teachers in the CERN have huge influence on the development of the Ukrainian information field.

Liudmyla Kopko
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