Yeah, that optical table experimental setup looks... really accessible (hundreds of meters of fiber optics). butforreal :(
I'll never forget, there was this undergrad chick presenting to our mixed grad-undergrad class, and she computationally modeled a 2D Ising model for a few cases, like adiabatic cooling, or stochastic heating, and other situations resembling paleomagnetization, etc., but yeah, I remember it being incredible. It blew my shitty little grad student project out of the water.
There are some absolutely brilliant people out there, just lurking. Maybe you.