The Opportunity

"Your program rejuvenates my soul. It connects me with a cadre of intelligent and excited educators. It reinvigorates my teaching and provides me avenues to extend and enliven the projects that I can offer my students. Without the Quarknet program I am sure that I would have left teaching years ago."

The Players

High school students, teachers and physicsts working together on physics research projects exploring the hidden nature of matter, energy, space and time.

The Questions

What are the origins of mass? Can the basic forces of nature be unified? How did the universe begin? How will it evolve?

Create learning pathways using instructional activities based on Cosmic Ray, CMS or LIGO data in 3 engagement levels.

  • 3 e-Labs—CMS, Cosmic Ray, LIGO—address ALL practices in Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Cosmic Ray provides opportunity to join global student network & do original research.
  • A teacher & 4 high school students join scientists for summer research.
  • Data Camp:  Week @ Fermilab for teachers to learn particle physics & develop instructional materials.
  • Local sessions @ centers.
Students are scientists for a day to make measurements on real experimental data & to join a video conference with peers.

QuarkNet Video

Teachers and a mentor discuss how QuarkNet empowers teachers to adopt new teaching strategies and how we train the next generation of scientists and non-scientists to think critically and understand the world around them. Students talk about their experience measuring muons with their cosmic ray detector.