University of Maine Nanotech Trip

The Sizer Physics students embarked on an epic trip to the University of Maine to check out the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST). Our main reason for this trip was to explore nanotechnology to do research in support our budding nanotech unit. The Sizer physics class will hopefully be experimenting with Carbon Nanotubes and Quantum Dots. The experiments will teach not only our physics class, but the Sizer Division I students at the end of the year. Prior to the trip the Sizer physics class briefly studied the structure and composition of both nanotubes and quantum dots. This allowed us to go in knowing a bit about the subjects we would study in depth.  

Once we arrived we were provided with an excellent breakfast. We then proceeded to an introductory lecture, given by Dr. Robert Lad, who is a former director of LASST. LASST bought us lunch after giving us a tour of their facilities. We were then introduced to some graduate students who gave us a hands-on learning experience with technologies, such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), that can measure more than 100 times smaller than human hair, roughly 10 atoms in width!
The second lesson was on X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) which allows us to identify a thin film material by launching x-ray photons at it and measuring the energy of the displaced electrons. We were fortunate enough to have a real research scientist, Dr. George Bernhardt, working in the lab and thoughtfully answering questions.
Our final lesson was on Nanoparticles and Quantum Dots (NPQD), which was led by both Dr. Carl Tripp and Dr. Rob Meulenberg. We saw how nanoparticles like quantum dots behaved, and some of their applications, and we then spilled everything we learned onto three full whiteboards!
Afterwards, we went to the dining hall once more and had a fantastic dinner and then went to the hotel for a night full of fun and much needed rest.

The next morning, there was an optional run through the campus that students and faculty alike were welcome to join. Afterwards, the group met up and went back for another delicious, all you can eat, college-style breakfast. After that we got to see a show about the possibility of habitable planets in our universe at the college’s very own Planetarium. Immediately after we were shown the Maynard F. Jordan Observatory where they house the biggest and best telescope in the entire state of Maine!
Next, the group took a quick detour through the college’s bookstore on the way back to the LASST stop on our agenda. We were given presentations by three students (two graduate students and one undergraduate student) on the groundbreaking applications of nanotechnology. Afterwards, we had yet another lovely lunch sponsored by the College of Engineering. In exchange for lunch, the Associate Dean of Engineering, Dr. Mohamad Musavi, explained many of the benefits of going to the University of Maine. We then got into our cars and journeyed home.
This trip opened up new possibilities for our students in regards to college tours and access, a deeper understanding of this arena of the science world, and application of the rigorous education expectations for our Division III scholars.

Thank you UMaine!

Friday Flash May 1, 2015

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Happy May Day!

Attached is your Friday Flash.

There will be a lot going on between now and the end of the school year, so keep your eye on the Flash for the latest information. For instance, our testing dates have been consolidated-please check the Flash for the up-to-date schedule.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open for a “bonus” day on Monday until 3:30. Stock up for summer now!

We hope our juniors and seniors have a great time this weekend at the Enchanted Masquerade Prom. Be safe!

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you all on Monday.

Friday Flash April 17, 2015

“Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
-Vince Lombardi

We hope everyone gets to relax for a few days during our vacation next week. Please remember, that to ensure we have some time off for summer, we will be in school on Thursday and Friday of this coming week. The busing information is on the front page of the Flash.

The Scholastic Book Fair returns at the end of next week, and will be open all week after vacation.

Our sophomores return tonight from their long-awaited NYC adventure and research trip. See the Flash for some of the first photos they have sent us.

Please take some time to go through the Flash with your students to make sure they are aware of all the opportunities around them at Sizer. Have a great couple of days, and we’ll see you back here on THURSDAY.

Friday Flash April 10, 2015

“Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own good”

-Pablo Casals

Is this what spring looks like? Oh well, we’ll appreciate it so much more when it does get here. Meanwhile..

Tonight is our House of the Rising Stars cabaret night to benefit the PTSO Scholarship fund. We are expecting alumna Brianna Tuttle, the victor in last year’s HOTRS lip synch battle, to return to us tonight to open the show battling this year’s tenth-grade battle champ Holland, and wellness teacher Mr. Prescott. We will have singers, a dancer, musicians, and a performance from our excellent Sizer School chorus under the direction of Mrs. Alyson Cordio. And there’ll be a performing pooch! We hope to see everyone here to support our performers, who are supporting our graduating seniors.
*Can’t make it home and then to school on time? Then come straight here and buy some pizza in the lobby before the show!

Tuesday everyone is invited to meet the finalist for the open Instructional Leader position. Please see the Flash for details and the schedule.

And since you’ll be in the area Tuesday…the prom committee is sponsoring a “doughraiser” at the Uno’s restaurant in Leominster. It’s all day, dine-in or take-out; just be sure to bring a coupon when you pay! Details in the Flash.

Best wishes and happy traveling to our sophomore class, who are heading on their long-awaited trip to NYC. We can’t wait to see the pictures!

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you all on Monday.


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