by Yair Gross (’16)

This Tuesday, MTA was privileged to host Dr. Valerie Halyo of Princeton University, who presented the 10th grade honors Chemistry students with a lecture about her research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland and her role in the work leading to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. The LHC is the world’s largest particle accelerator, in which protons are accelerated by magnets over the course of a 17 mile long track to close to the speed of light and are then smashed into each other, releasing the elementary particles that make up all matter, which are then studied.
The most recent discovery, the Higgs Boson, has led to a completely new way of looking at quantum physics and what constitutes mass. Dr. Halyo explained the research done to discover the Higgs Boson and explained the amazing mechanics and engineering involved in building the LHC.
This very special event was arranged by our Chemistry teacher, Mr. Chayim Goldberg, as part of his goal of building an exciting culture of science at MTA. Special thanks to Dr. Seth Taylor for helping arrange the logistics of the visit and to Mr. Michael Plotsker for his technical support.
This exciting week in Chemistry ended with Mr. Goldberg’s most spectacular “End the Week with a Bang” explosion yet, which lit up the room and left students gawking at the glowing mixture through the smoke that filled the room.

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