Cosmic Ray Workshop at Virginia Tech, June 2017

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Agenda

Wednesday June 7: Introduction to QuarkNet and Cosmic Rays

Time (ET) Activity

09:00

 Introductions and paperwork; registration

09:30

Introduction to VTl Particle Physics (Leo Piilonen)

10:00

 

Introduction to QuarkNet website and Data Portfolio

Level I Data Portfolio Actviities

  • Dice Histograms
  • Rolling with Rutherford
  • Quark Workbench
12:00 lunch

13:00

 

 

Work in groups on Cosmic Ray e-Lab

  • Tour of e-Lab (all)
  • Log in and explore
  • Background research: Standard Model, Cosmic Rays using e-Lab resources

15:00

 

Informal Milestone Discussion with Lead Teachers

  • What are Cosmic Rays?
  • How do we detect and study Cosmic Rays?

 

Thursday 8 June: Detector Commissioning and Research

Time (ET) Actvity

09:00

 

Level II Data Portfolio Actviity

Start research activities

  • Set up CRMD and set rates
  • Set up data run
  • Create 2 research groups
11:00 Quantum Physics (Ed Barnes)
12:00 lunch

13:00

 

Group 1

  • Continue Muon Lifetime Activity
  • Choose independent research project and begin work

Group 2

  • Tour of Kimballton Underground Research Facility

 

Friday 9 June: Research and Experiments

Time (ET) Activity

09:00

QuarkNet teacher survey

09:30

 

Group 1

  • Continue work on research project

Group 2

  • Continue Muon Lifetime Activity (spreadsheet)
  • Choose independent research project and begin work

11:00

Underground physics and the search for double beta decay (Thomas O'Donnell)

12:00 lunch

13:00

 

Group 1

  • Tour of Kimballton Underground Research Facility

Group 2

  • Continue work on research project

 

Saturday 10 June: Pull it all together

Time (ET) Activity
09:00 Discussion: What is QuarkNet?

09:30

 

 

Finalize research

  • Create posters
  • Present results
11:30 Seminar: The Elusive Neutrino (Camillo Mariani)
12:00 lunch

13:00

 

Implemention plans

  • Create a plan using one or more Data Portfolio or e-Lab activities for YOUR classroom
  • Present to group
15:45 End-of workshop survey
16:00 End of Workshop

 

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