Small town students bring home real life Big Bang Theory

Physics Master Class at Hamilton High School

Terms like quarks, neutrinos and antimatter may not mean anything to you. But for Hamilton Seniors like Cassandra Dietrich, they're the building blocks to understanding what holds the world together.

She's one of four students to take the school's first ever Physics Master Class.

"I enjoy the experiments we do and learning how different things work," Dietrich said.

Students here are learning about the microscopic particles that actually make up protons and neutrons. Teacher Darwin Smith says those tiny materials make up the mass of everything in the world.

"I think its especially important for students in a small school because they can see a whole realm of possibilities in an area like ours. So they get to see the things that are out there," Darwin Smith, Physical Science teacher said.

Students are performing hands-on experiments and even working with data from the 17-mile-long Hadron Collider which is leading research into the basic laws of physics.

While these teenagers are meeting with some of the best of the world's leading scientists via video conferencing, they may not become physicists later in life. But no matter their future, they're learning skills for a lifetime.

"They take away a better understanding of particle physics and research in general. They learn how to use indirect evidence to figure out things how things are put together," Smith said.

"It challenges me so I am better prepared for college," Cassandra Dietrich said.

Dietrich plans to be a math teacher. But it's classes like this that are giving her a world view into what makes the world go 'round --- literally.

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