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Xraise is Outreach for CLASSE

Xraise provides experiences, to students, educators, and the public, that make science familiar and accessible. Immersed with scientists themselves, we facilitate hands-on minds-on activities that involve direct interaction with physics phenomena. Through professional development, camps, tours, after-school and weekend family activities, and media, we foster excitement while developing understanding and intuitions about physics.

Wilson Laboratory Public Tours

Friday, April 24 2015, 11:00am - noon OR 1:00pm-2:00pm at Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory, Ithaca, NY - For families and physics fanatics of all ages, here's an event at the cutting edge of human knowledge and state-of-the-art technology. Wilson Laboratory opens its doors for a behind-the-scenes tour, science demonstrations and research highlights. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the laboratory is built atop of a powerful linear and circular particle accelerator, operates a half-mile long electron storage ring (CESR) located 40 feet underground, and produces high-energy, high-power x-ray beams. The CESR x-ray beams are some of the most powerful in the world, with intensities a thousand to a million times greater than those from medical x-ray equipment. Come learn how these beams are generated and what scientists from throughout the country study using the x-rays. Tours will leave from the eXploration station, located behind Wilson Laboratory. Please RSVP tour time and group size at


Internships offer an exciting way to discover research interest while gaining real-world marketable skills in a world-class laboratory. Opportunities include: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Summer Research for Community College Students (SRCCS), and High School Research Apprenticeships and Exhibit Prototyping through the Learning Web.


The CLASSE Institute for Physics Teachers provides equipment and training for content-rich high school physics lab activities. Designed to update high school teachers on recent advances in physics and related applications, participants attending CIPT workshops attend presentations given by scientists and conduct take-home laboratory exercises designed to meet the time and budgetary constraints of a typical high school.


Tours of the Wilson Laboratory are available to school groups, interested professionals, and the public. Highlights include the CESR control room, the CLEO solenoid, the synchrotron tunnel, CHESS ops, X-ray hutches, and the ERL prototype.


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Check out Xraise's social media to keep up with what's going on. Our Facebook will show you what we're up to, go to YouTube to see our how-to videos and event compilations, Twitter will show you what we're trending on, and Pinterest will give you activity ideas and invite you into the conversation about science education.