Various shots of students making adjustments and starting up an installation capable of producing a one-million-volt output. Good laboratory-type shots.
Unused / unissued footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
El Cerrito, California, United States of America / USA
LS Exterior of the High School in El Cerrito, California, where pupils have built an atomic energy plant. MS Entrance doors, pupils entering. LS A school teacher (Ben Siegel, Head of the Science Department) explains the cyclotron to his senior physics class, by means of blackboard drawings. (2 shots). CU Blackboard drawing of cyclotron with teacher indicating certain parts. MS and CU The "atom smashing" plant (a Heath-Robinson-looking contraption) showing two of the male students making adjustments. (3 shots). MS The students close the door on their installation, housed in the school carpentry workshop. CU Two boys making adjustments to the wiring. MS Two students with notebooks, flick a switch on the control panel. CU The wheel and belt (looks like a sewing machine) start up. CU One of the student controllers making adjustments at the control panel. CU Test tube with liquid bubbling up to top.
Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 23/6/47. Also on paperwork: "Materials for the student-built installation cost the school board only 500 dollars. The completed unit is worth 7,000 (dollars). The idea for the project was born three months ago when the class visited the nearby University of California cyclotron. Capable of a on-million-volt output, it will be used by these junior scientists to radioactivate phosphorous and other elements for donation to medical institutions".
Alternative spellings for search purposes: Siegel / Siegal / Biegel.