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K-12 Opportunities

The Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics at Cornell University will be offering the following enrichment programs during the 2004 - 2005 school year. Each course meets once a week after school for 75 minutes and is offered free of charge or at a marginal cost. If your elementary or middle school is interested in hosting any of the below programs, contact Lora Hine at or #607-255-2319.

After School Programs


  • Atoms for Kids - Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, students will explore the microscopic world as they learn about atoms. Students will use microscopes to observe and study very small things and will grow their own crystals in order to observe how materials are arranged in nature. Students will witness the effects of intense heat and extreme cold on the structure of different objects and discover what it would be like to live in a world with very few atoms.
  • The Science of Bubbles - This enrichment program sponsored by LEPP is modeled after the GEMS program Bubbleology. Each day of the course is devoted to a different concept relating to the topic of bubbles, including surface tension, evaporation, volume and surface area. Students will use the scientific method to help design an investigation enabling them to determine the best bubble blowing solution.
  • Light and Optics - During this program, students will learn why light is necessary in order to perceive color. Students will use tools such as colored filters and diffraction gratings to observe how light can be separated. Students will build spectrometers to see the component colors of various light sources. After learning about how lenses alter the path of light, students will assemble their own hand-held telescope.
  • Electrifying Experiments - Through a series of hands-on activities and investigations, students will learn how electricity flows through objects, how static electricity is generated and what occurs when like charges repel and opposite charges attract. Students will discover how electricity and magnetism are related to one another by building their own electromagnets and electric motors.

LEPP High School Internship Program

The internship program at LEPP has been developed in order to provide high school students with the opportunity to explore their interests and talents while being exposed to careers involving particle physics. There are no wages accompanying this program.

Careers in Physics


2006 Career Exploration participants build drift tubes with LEPP's Director Jim Alexander.

Focus for Teens—Career Explorations Program
"Massive Tools Reveal the Smallest Matter"

Hosted by LEPP and CHESS, this program introduces youth to Cornell University by providing them with exposure to academic fields and encouraging hands-on experiences.

Download: Introduction to Particle Physics presentation (June 28th, 2006)

Careers in Physics

Presentation given by Dr. Mike Billing, Director of Operations for CESR, for high school students interested in pursuing careers in physics related fields.

Download: Careers in Physics