On 30 January, 2020, students of school No. 37 and the children's technopark “Quantorium” from the city of Vladimir visited JINR. Excursions to the Museum of the JINR History of Science and Technology and the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems were organised for the guests.
Acquaintance with the Institute began at the Museum of History of Science and Technology, where K. Kozubsky told the children about the major scientific projects being implemented at JINR, about the history of the Institute and the most significant discoveries made here. In the experimental hall, the students were able to perform simple but interesting physical experiments, and also could see a spectacular demonstration of the Tesla coil.
At the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems, the guests were introduced to several neutrino experiments. A. Antoshkin and A. Sheshukov introduced the students to the NOvA experiment control room. A. Selyunin demonstrated a stand where photomultipliers for the JUNO experiment are being tested. The guests were offered a hands-on activity on the assembly of a particle detector – a Wilson chamber, as well as a demonstration of experiments with liquid nitrogen. E.Sushenok and M. Kruglov told the students about the experiment located in Baikal lake, where the Gigaton Volume Detector is installed; he also gave a tour around the assembly hall of optical modules, with the help of which in the nearest future scientists will be able to "catch" traces of neutrinos coming from the depths of the universe. The school students got acquainted with the photos taken in 2018 during the winter Baikal expedition of JINR specialists.
Accompanied by a University Centre specialist O. Radosteva, the guests took a walk around the Institute part of Dubna, during which they saw monuments to outstanding scientists: I.M. Frank, M.G. Meshcheryakov, G.N. Flerov and others.
Olesya Aleksandrovna Andryushko, Deputy Director of School No. 37:
The children had an opportunity not only to expand their knowledge in the field of nuclear physics, but also to make sure that it is prestigious and interesting to do science. Children learned about the projects that scientists of today are working on. Science is the thing uniting people of different countries.
Vladislav Yudin, a student of “Quantorium”:
It was a great trip! We managed to talk with scientists who are real professionals know their business well and can talk about it in simple words. We learned a lot of new things, especially about neutrinos. I hope that we will come back to JINR and visit other laboratories.
Ekaterina Vladimirovna Borisova, methodologist of “Quantorium”:
During such trips, children understand the importance of education. Visiting such scientific centers as JINR can be the next step in shaping the career guidance for those students who have chosen science and engineering as their main fields of interest. We are grateful to the JINR University Centre specialists, as well as to all the scientific and engineering staff who took part in organising the excursions for school students from our region, for such a magnificent event!