Department of Physics and Astronomy, Athens Georgia
The topic of environmental radiation is both timely and relevant. To address this issue, the physics and astronomy department at the university plans to establish a “Radiation in Our Environment” lab equipment loan pool for use by area high school physics and chemistry classrooms. The program’s faculty will acquire portable environmental radiation measurement set-ups, each composed of selected Vernier technology, to provide students with the technology necessary to make quantitative measurements of radioactivity in their environment.
An important objective of this program is to enable high school students to perform true collaborative science and to get first-hand experience in preparing and using a measurement database. In addition, the loan pool structure will create a “multiplier effect,” allowing each piece of equipment to impact many more students than if it were permanently located at one school.