The School for Nuclei and
is a three day physics/astronomy residential camp for
Level II students of
Western School District on
Campus of Memorial University . It combines an
introduction to particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology
with hands-on experience in flying a balloon-borne
cosmic ray detector to the very edge of space.
Students are chosen by their teachers for their interest and
aptitude for physics and mathematics and would ideally be
enrolled in Physics 2204 and Level II Advanced Mathematics,
however Level III students may be considered. Food and
accommodation is provided, however transportation is the
responsibility of the student. Instruction and activities will
be led by faculty and staff of the Physics department at
Here are some
pictures and results from our very first SNAP camp,
held 26 - 28 April 2010, showing some of the participants and
instructors. Our balloon reached an altitude in excess of 23 km
and transmitted back some valuable data on the change in cosmic
ray counts with height!
We hope to offer the camp again either in the fall of 2011 or the spring of 2012. Stay
tuned for the dates; when finalized, information packages and
letters will be distributed to District Physics teachers.
For further information on the SNAP camp, contact Dr Doug Forbes,
Here is a nicely informative pamphlet on
cosmic rays (a pdf file).
Our publicity poster from 2010.