Fusion at BME Children’s University

Fusion at BME Children’s University

(Written by Dr. Gergő Pokol and Mátyás Aradi)

Children’s University summer camp was organized at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) from 26 June till 7 July 2017, which aims to promote engineering and natural sciences among elementary school children. The young students listened to lectures and participated at seminars where they could experience the life of a researcher. At the end of the camp, all schoolchildren took their well-earned diploma.

Gyerekegyetem 2017 BME fúzió Náfrádi Gábor

Gábor Náfrádi promotes fusion for elementary school children, photo: SPOT fotókör, spot.sch.bme.hu

Since 2016 the Fusion Research Group of the Hungarian Nuclear Society has been taking part, represented by staff of the Institute of Nuclear Techniques, BME (BME NTI) and Wigner Research Centre for Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This year around 200 children of ages from 8 to 14 participated at the 8 fusion themed seminars.

Gyerekegyetem 2017 BME fúzió Operation tokamak

fusion game Operation tokamak in operation, photo: SPOT fotókör, spot.sch.bme.hu

They were first acquainted with basics of nuclear fusion at a brief introductory lecture, then they participated in a practical training: they could walk around the ITER site in virtual reality, operate a future tokamak and experience the principle of magnetic confinement using a plasma discharge tube.

Gyerekegyetem 2017 BME fúzió Aradi Mátyás

Mátyás Aradi describes how plasma discharge tube works, photo: SPOT fotókör, spot.sch.bme.hu

Gyerekegyetem 2017 BME fúzió Wigner fusion VR szemüveg

An enthusiastic student using Wigner fusion’s VR googles, photo: SPOT fotókör, spot.sch.bme.hu

Gyerekegyetem 2017 BME fúzió Wigner fusion VR szemüveg

An enthusiastic student using Wigner fusion’s VR googles, photo: SPOT fotókör, spot.sch.bme.hu

Gyerekegyetem 2017 BME fúzió plazmacső

Plasma discharge tube in operation, photo: SPOT fotókör, spot.sch.bme.hu