2016 Minnesota Cosmic Workshop


Participating teachers will be able to:

  • Organize data using the cosmic ray muon e-Lab.
  • Specify limitations and assumptions of a propsed experiment.
  • Manipulate apparatus using appropriate data acquisition equipment for calibration, characterization, and analysis of measurements.
  • Generalize from data possible sources and scale of experimental error.
  • Summarize and communicate claims, evidence and results to demonstrate the nature of scientific research.
  • Implement plans to use the cosmic ray e-Lab with the classroom community.


Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.

Location is The Blake School, 511 Kenwood Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN

Monday June 13

09:00    Coffee, Intros, Learning Objectives,
               Logistics, Registration     

09:30    QuarkNet updates

10:00    Build/set up CRMDs
              (In teams)

  • Assembly of new detector
  • Setup existing detectors
  • Set up GPS 
  • Measure/Input geometry

12:00    Lunch (provided) & Lunch Talk: 
(Gwynne Crowder, U of M)

13:00    Break & Tour of Blake School Science

13:30    Finish CRMD build/setup

  • Equip calibration & 
    Data taking procedures

15:30    Reflection & discussion of day
              Set up to take data overnight

16:00    End of day

Tuesday June 14

09:00    Coffee and reflection on previous day

09:15    Cosmic Ray e-Lab Overview

  • Verify accounts, Manage account
  • Tour of e-Lab (Student & Teacher)
  • "Metro Map" structure/resources
  • Check out some existing posters

10:30    Upload Data (from overnight)

  • Performance analysis tool
  • Assess data quality
  • Flux, shower, lifetime, TOF analysis tools

12:00    Lunch (provided: D'amico boxed lunches)

13:00    Team CR Investigation; Posters

  • Flux, shower, lifetime, time of flight
  • Setup for overnight run?

15:30    Reflection & discussion of day

16:00    End of day

Wednesday June 15

09:00    Coffee and reflection on previous day

09:15    Team work time

10:15    Poster Presentations:
                Jay's Poster
                Rebecca's Poster
                Mike P, Mike C & Karin's Poster
                Karen's Poster

11:15 Implementation Plans:
             How might you use this in your setting?

12:15 LIGO Webcast

12:45    Reflection and evaluation

13:30    Lunch (NOT provided...Offsite...Lake Calhoun?)  

14:30    Thinking Ahead

16:00    End of workshop