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Experiencing science as a way of thinking by Exploring New Phenomena

Xraise facilitates direct experiences for kids, teachers, and the general public. These consist of hands-on explorations that embrace the same processes that experts practice at our world-class laboratory. Like the accelerator itself, Xraise sheds new light on how we look at the world.

I always wondered what it would be like to do this [feel liquid metal], but I never thought it could be possible for me to experience. I can’t believe I’m holding this in my hand.

Alfred Simkin; Post-doc, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Xraise introduces participants to scientific concepts and ideas that are frequently unexplored. This involves immersing people in observation and experimentation, acclimating them to the culture of science. Whether it’s kids exploring magnets, or adults investigating patterns of light, people are experiencing science as a way of thinking, not just a body of knowledge.

Fascinating Phenomenon

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Xray Fluorescence Reveal Matter

Participants can directly observe how x-ray fluorescence (XRF) can be used to determine the elemental composition of common and exotic materials.

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Observing the Diffraction of Light

Participants observe diffraction of light patterns and determine the structure of the DNA molecule just like Rosalind Franklin did years ago.

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Manipulating the Path of Light

Participants manipulate the path of light using flashlights, slits and mirrors. This exploration mimics the way in which scientists at the beamlines split light for their experiments.

National Science Foundation

Xraise is supported by the National Science Foundation award DMR-1332208.
CHESS is operated and managed for the National Science Foundation by Cornell University.