Current physics teacher at Apex high school and former North Carolina teaching Fellow at NC State Physics Department Megan Alvord has taken on the journey of being a part of the High School Teacher Programme at CERN 2019. This program allows teachers from all over the globe to be able to come together and discuss new ideas on how to bring modern physics into the classroom while also being able to experience the atmosphere of research conducted at the Large Hadron Collider.
Throughout this process, Alvord has tracked her daily activities and research on Twitter, ranging from lectures on different physics topics, to hands on experiments such as cloud chamber construction.
The purpose of this program is to ensure that teachers are able to expand their teaching methods with other international educators, develop a variety of teaching styles to bring back to the classroom, and to overall help CERN establish closer links with schools all around the world.
One of the “takeaways” that she learned from her time at CERN was that there is always “new physics”. She states, “…I’m giddy every time I hear this phrase because it means there are new and exciting things I can share with my students…” Her ability to take the knowledge that she is learning from her time at this research facility and excited to share this learned information with her students is truly inspiring.
We are so proud to see our alumni doing great things and sharing the concepts of physics with the world!