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Purpose: After watching a 25% dropout rate in Washington State High Schools continue unchecked for decades, my wife and I determined to know the truth about our schools, and the youth who are failing to leverage a public education there. Now, after 7 years of running the most advanced high energy physics curriculum in the country, we know the answer! We know what's missing! We know the magic ingredient required! "INSPIRATION!" And more importantly, we know how to apply it!
The Experience: The Northwest Nuclear Laboratories is an adventure into the role that scientists have in discovery. We don’t just study the work of scientists, and learn about them. We become scientists and work alongside them. Everyone who participates directly in the program is required to wear a lab coat, dosimeter, name badge, and follow the protocols of a real research team, because we are a real research team! We are working on the cutting edge of fusion research. Our goal is not to solve the problems alone, but to genuinely participate in the research process using the scientific method, and embrace the professional disciplines of collaboration with other colleges, universities, governments and private persons from around the world who are pursuing a practical solution to fusion through genuine laboratory research and the publishing of white papers.
Together we will inch along toward the goal, and in the process, our students will fully realize exactly what it is to be a scientist, and to work within a team toward a common research goal. From this experience, most will make career choices in the sciences that will improve the quality of life for our city, state and nation. I tell them that their research matters. I tell them that their future depends on their focus and passion, and I have treated them as colleagues and peers.
Guess what? It really works! The kids "get it!"
Here is a bit of video that epitomizes the experience. These young people are morphing into the mind set of a real scientists in a single year’s time.
Results: We have earned over $800,000 in scholarships for the students strictly from winning science fairs and competitions in the last 7 years.
We have achieved more than our wildest expectations. We have 20 students and 5 instructors for the FY17 school year.
In the end, if you want world class students, you are going to have to build a world class program. What is different is; that there now exists a model of how to get that done!
In FY17 we need to be able to upgrade our labs and telemetry to provide higher quality data for our experiments, as well as provide for the expansion of our bio-chemistry unit and fusion reactor. The cost of operations and upgrades will run about $85,000 this year. We do not charge the students for this education, so we need your help to continue to offer this rare experience to a rapidly growing audience. Put simply, this really works!