MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Outreach Day


MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Outreach Day

MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Outreach Day 
Date: Friday, December 14, 9AM – 1PM 

Eligibility: Open to one teacher and two students from any high school in Massachusetts, Rhode Island or New Hampshire. 

Attendees receive a basic understanding of what plasmas are, how they behave, and their role in harnessing fusion energy. In addition, participants may explore technologies such as large magnets and sources of intense microwave and millimeter wave power, which are key to fusion's successful development. Students will have the opportunity to actually observe and create plasmas in a glow discharge tube, perform hands-on demonstrations with electromagnetism, and see MIT's tokamak, Alcator C-MOD. 

The program is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am with presentations and tours, followed by lunch and a magnet demonstration. While refreshments will be in the morning and sodas at lunchtime, it will be necessary for each participant to bring a lunch. 

As the number of participants will be limited, please respond early. Participants will be selected on a first come first served basis. Please submit the electronic form found at by Wednesday, November 21

If you have questions, please email Paul Rivenberg at For those interested, a tour of MIT will also be available beginning at 3:00 pm.