Fête de la science 2018

Immerse in plasmas: a playful and creative experience of ionized matter!

PLAS@PAR participated in the last Fête de la Science at Sorbonne University from October 12th to 14th. Once again, it was a great and convivial moment to meet with students and families!

Researchers and students presented plasmas through different tools and activities: poster session, Planeterrella experiment (aurora simulation), Plasma discharge experiment and a dedicated workshop to build a homemade spectroscopes in order to identify gas from various plasma lamps through observation of spectral lines.

NEW this year:

• A real-time experiment to observe and compare lentil germination with water treated with plasma VS tap water (LPP)

• The Plasma Reflection: while kids and adults are having fun, it allows understanding plasmas through an artistic experience (Danny Rose / PLAS@PAR)

3D aurora projections that met a real success: the public seized this unique opportunity to observe the fascinating show of auroras (ISCD / IAP)

Thanks to these activities and to the help of many plasma scientists, over 1400 visitors have been able to dive into the exciting world of plasmas and learn more about research and applications during this weekend.

KEY FIGURES: 

1400 people came to talk at our booth and participate in the various activities organized during the weekend

300 visitors attended 3D aurora sessions through 10 projections

120 high school students discovered space instruments at LPP & attended activities at our booth.

23 members of PLAS@PAR involved in sharing their knowledge and having fun together! 

 

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Fête de la science 2017

PLAS@PAR participated in the last Fête de la Science in Jussieu from October 12th to 15th.

More than 600 visitors could dive into the exciting and fascinating world of Plasmas. It was the opportunity for them to meet and interact with researchers and to discover scientific experiments.

PLAS@PAR presented plasmas through a poster session, the Planeterrella experiment (aurora simulation) and a dedicated workshop to build a homemade spectroscope and use it to identify gaz from various spectral lamps by visualizing light rays. All this was accompanied by a team of researchers who cheerfully answered all questions.

About 90 high school students visited facilities at the Laboratoire de Chimie Physique – Matière et Rayonnement (LCPMR). The Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et des Hautes Energies (LPNHE) also welcomed 120 students for the presentation of SIMPA, an electron cyclotron resonance ion source at Paris Institute of NanoSciences (INSP).

This year: the visit of the SIMPA facility was part of a mediation program called "Arts & Plasma science" in partnership with PLAS@PAR and the Centre Pompidou* !

Following the visit of SIMPA, teachers and their students had the oportunity to continue the adventure through a dedicated visit of the Centre Pompidou Museum’s collections.

* Arts and Plasma science program:

Measuring, reading, interpreting: matter and colors, from artists to astrophysicists.

Students explore ionized matter! With this transdisciplinary program, from Matisse to Delaunay through Dan Flavin, students explore the notions of visible and invisible as well as the interactions between light, color and matter.

This operation continues throughout the year 2017-2018 with the Observatoire de Paris and the Centre Pompidou. More information here.

 

A few pictures of the event are displayed above (Credit @ Sorbonne Universités, if not mentionned).

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 More pictures on the UPMC website.

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Fête de la science 2016

PLAS@PAR participated in the last Fête de la Science in Jussieu where high school students and general public have been visiting our booth from October 9th to 11th.

PLAS@PAR welcomed about 150 high school students, which had the opportunity to meet with researchers, visit the Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas (LPP) and participated in a dedicated workshop about spectroscopy. They also experienced the Aurora phenomenon using a Planeterrella.

The main PLAS@PAR booth in Jussieu met a real success: over 500 people on Saturday and Sunday discussed with PLAS@PAR researchers, experimented the Planeterrella, tried to identify gaz from spectral lamps, discovered a 3D model thruster and a new hands-on experiment called « Plasma discharges – Langmuir probe ».

In addition, 3 conferences (Thierry Dufour, Martin Campos Pinto, Philippe Zarka) took place on the Campus.

The LCPMR also proposed experiments for the public on the Pierre et Marie Curie campus.

Finally, the Paris Institute of NanoSciences (INSP)  organized the visit and presentation of its electron cyclotron resonance ions source (SIMPA) for about 150 people (80 high school students and 70 more general visitors).

 

 

We would like to warmly thank all visitors but also all researchers, engineers and staff involved in this event. It was a pleasure to contribute to this large event organised by both UPMC and Sorbonne University.

 

See you next year!

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Fête de la science 2015

Plas@Par participated in the last Fête de la Science in Jussieu where high school students and the general public has been visiting our booth from October 9th to 11th.

 

The main Plas@Par booth in Jussieu received about 400 people during the event, where the Planeterrella experiment was a major success!

The LCPMR also offered experiments for the public on the Pierre et Marie Curie campus.

Finally, the Paris Institute of Nanosciences (INSP) organized the visit and presentation of its electron cyclotron resonance ions source (SIMPA) for about 200 people (140 students and 50 more general visitors).

It was a pleasure taking part in this large event organised by both UPMC and Sorbonne University.

 

Check out our slideshow for a glimpse into these 3 amazing days!

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Fête de la science 2014

Plas@Par participated in the Fête de la Science on 10th and 11th October at the UPMC (Jussieu site).

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