Pretending to Be a Proton

A nearby laboratory has a new addition that’s making science fun for kids.

Fermilab recently celebrated the opening of its “Proton Run Playground” just outside of the Lederman Science Center. There kids can run along a series of trails that mimic the path a proton takes as it passes through the Fermilab Accelerator Complex, consisting of the linear particle accelerator traveling to the booster and the main injector before speeding up and traveling to the Tevatron, a device used to study what makes up the universe.

“By actually coming here and getting some kinesthetic movement going, it gives them an opportunity to better understand something that may otherwise be challenging to look at when they come to Wilson Hall,” said Marge Bardeen, Manager for the Education Office at Fermilab.

The Tevatron was the world’s largest active accelerator until it was shut down due to the invention of the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland.

Parents can bring their kids for a free visit to the proton run from 8:30am to 3:30pm on weekdays and from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays.

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