July 12, 2017
X-ray (XRF) Fluorescence Workshop
Xraise Outreach at Cornell University is hosting a workshop on X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Wednesday July 12th, 2017 from 9:00am – 5:00pm for interested HS teachers (from all science areas) and scientists. X-ray Fluorescence techniques are used at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to analyze materials and identify their elemental composition. When high-energy x-rays hit an object, the atoms in the material create “fluorescence” and give off light. The colors of this light, or its wavelength spectrum, are unique to the particular atoms being struck.
You may be able to take a portable version of this technique to your classroom (pending on NYS permit) by borrowing the XRF Tracer through our Xraise Lending Library program. You can use this tool to analyze emission spectra from various geologic, forensic, and chemical samples. It can be used to complement your curriculum on computational analysis, energy unit conversions, energy level diagrams, graph reading and interpretation and other topics.
The training workshop will take place in Clark Hall 247 on Cornell University campus and will focus 1) background science and how to use the portable XRF tracer and 2) discussions on how you could apply this technology in your curriculum.
Please follow this link to register for the event (you will need to provide a brief paragraph on your interest in the topic and how you can potentially use this in your classroom): https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eXRUwKast0xVraR
August 8-9, 2017
Cornell Summer Science Snapshot!
Would you like to design and build a vehicle that will harness the Sun’s energy? Are you Interested in discovering how solar energy can be converted into electrical energy to make a race car? Do you want to work with other students to optimize your design and create the most efficient alternative-energy vehicle possible?
The Cornell Summer Science Snapshot is the place to be! We will work together on design challenges, go on field trips around campus, and learn from experts about energy and sustainability. It will be an action packed, two-day adventure dedicated to learning about science and engineering and how it impacts your life and our environment.
If you are a rising sixth, seventh or eighth grade student attending West Genesee School District or Tully Central School District in the fall of 2017, you may register for the 2017 Summer Science Snapshot program here (space is limited):