/Wisconsin STEM students discover quantum physics at summer camp (via Qpute.com)
From left to right, Raghvi Sethi, 13, Radhika Gupta, 12, and Rishika Kommuri, 13, watch as Mallory Conlon, UW-Madison Department of Physics Quantum Science Outreach Program coordinator, shines a laser to see if different colored laser lights impact the light refraction in water. The students were participating in the Wisconsin Heights Summer Science Camp outside Madison.

Wisconsin STEM students discover quantum physics at summer camp (via Qpute.com)


From left to right, Raghvi Sethi, 13, Radhika Gupta, 12, and Rishika Kommuri, 13, watch as Mallory Conlon, UW-Madison Department of Physics Quantum Science Outreach Program coordinator, shines a laser to see if different colored laser lights impact the light refraction in water. The students were participating in the Wisconsin Heights Summer Science Camp outside Madison.

Radhika Gupta stood on her tiptoes, holding a laser pen above her head. The 12-year-old pointed the laser down through a saltine-cracker-sized, cardboard-framed glass slide that she was trying to hold steady with her other hand.

Instead of one red laser dot appearing on the linoleum classroom floor below, three evenly-spaced dots appeared a foot or two apart. Her fellow group members slid yardsticks on the ground, trying to measure the exact spacing.

The beam was split because of the glass slide, a diffraction grating with thousands of tiny slits etched into it.

That may seem like a long way from frying insects on the sidewalk in generations past. These days, children interested in science and technology increasingly have the option of attending specialized camps around the state that are stimulating and engaging.


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