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Grade 10 student Gabriel Stewart is visiting TRIUMF for the next 4 weeks. During his time here, he will spend three afternoons a week with different research groups around the lab. These posts are his notes from his experiences. During his first week, he spent time with the DRAGON experiment, installing a camera to see inside a vacuum tube.
Gabriel is at TRIUMF as part of the Emerging Aboriginal Scholars Summer Camp put on by the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the First Nations House of Learning at the University of British Columbia. For the month of July, students from the camp are placed in research environments after their morning classes. Gabriel is the second young aboriginal student to visit and work at TRIUMF, following in the footsteps of Dylon Martin from Thomson, Manitoba who visited the lab in 2009.
It was a very interesting week. On the first day, we bought a camera for inside a vacuum tube at the spy store.
Back at ISAC I, we tested it out (me, Jennifer, and Saige). After figuring out that we attached it wrong, we changed it to make it work, then we took apart the camera. That was pretty much my day.
Right off the bat, I had to go to a meeting with the DRAGON scientists. If you weren’t raised on science, you didn’t have a chance to understand them. After the confusing meeting, Lars and Saige had a coffee break while I ate yummy cookies J. Once they were all caffeined-up, we went to the building with the cyclotron and did some experiments with the test chamber.