The next Inside Diamond open day will feature stalls and activities, a short introduction to Diamond and a tour of the machine. We expect the visit will last around two and a half hours. Booking for open days opens 6-8 weeks in advance of the event. Click here for more details.
The highly successful Project M www.diamond.ac.uk/ProjectM/, Diamond’s biggest ever outreach project, engaged over 1500 school pupils in a ‘real life’ research project. Following on from this achievement we are in the process of developing a schools outreach project based around using Diamond’s X-ray Nanoprobe beamline www.diamond.ac.uk/Beamlines/Spectroscopy/I14.html. The project will involve groups from 4-5 schools carrying out an environmental science experiment in their classroom over a few weeks and collecting and preparing the final sample for analysis at Diamond. Students will then have the opportunity to visit Diamond to collect nanoscale X-ray fluorescence maps of their samples on beamline I14, analyse their results and determine their own conclusions. The summer student will be involved in all aspects of the project preparation, from developing the experiment protocol to writing resources ready for the project launch in September 2018.
The student will work with Diamond staff and our user partner to develop and refine the experiment protocol, to ensure the equipment, timescales and methods are suited to a school classroom environment. This will also involve some test beamtime on I14 to determine the methods for the data collection and sample analysis. Based on this work the sample kits to be sent to schools will be designed and parts for these purchased.
Collaborating with the communications team the student will create appropriate resources for communicating with schools. Including developing the website content, writing instructions and additional resources for students and teachers, to convey information about the scientific background of the project , and use of synchrotron X-ray techniques.
In addition the student will utilise appropriate channels, for example blogs, social media, presentations or videos, to engage students and the wider community in the project.
At the end of the summer project the student will have:
These activities are key parts of ensuring the success of the I14 outreach project and will allow essential components to be in place ready for the outreach project to launch in September 2018 and begin recruiting schools to take part.
During the course of the summer project the student will have the opportunity to:
Suitable Subjects: Any science subject
Project Duration: 12 weeks
TO APPLY PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW
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