In the summer of 2012, our group hosted a high school physics teacher, John Simmons, from Pike High School in Indianapolis, and a high-school student, Ryan Hancock, from Harrison High School, Lafayette. John Simmons worked on designing experiments to illustrate the properties of infrared radiation to cover the Indiana Standards (Physics I: SCI.P.6.2, Integrated Chemistry-Physics: SCI.CP.4.4) using an FTIR spectrometer available for loan to local schools from Purdue’s Science Express. Science Express is a project developed by the Chemistry and Biology Departments at Purdue that acquires, maintains, and delivers research-grade instruments to high-schools throughout central Indiana. Ryan Hancock worked on developing simple experiments using commonly available cameras and materials to take visually compelling infrared pictures.
John and Ryan visited the MBE lab at the Birck Nanotechnology Center.
John, Ryan, and David Sederberg, Physics Outreach Coordinator, took some fascinating near-infrared pictures of Purdue campus and other thermal infrared images.