Texas Tech University June 13-14 Cosmic Ray Workshop Agenda
“Our mission is to create opportunities for teachers and students to explore the nature of scientific research. Using cosmic ray muon detectors, participants design and perform experiments to analyze data employing the cosmic ray e-lab.”
a. Configure a cosmic ray detector appropriately for acquisition of data for calibration and analysis of measurements.
b. Identify and describe the e-Lab tools available for conducting studies with data collected using a cosmic ray detector.
c. Create, organize and interpret a data plot to make a claim based on evidence; provide reasoning and identify data limitations.
d. Develop a plan for taking students from their current level of data use to subsequent levels using activities and/or ideas from the workshop.
-- needs assessment including communicating with mentor and/or lead teacher
-- check GPS location
-- check room
-- check projector and cables for presentations
-- print workshop evaluation
-- gather tools & supplies - TAPE! TAPE! TAPE! Wide Black Electrical Tape works best
-- optional: black light --> scintillator
-- create e-Lab and Quarknet accounts for all teachers
--- have data collection computers with EQUIP installed and JAVA updated
1st Day June 13:
9:00 Welcome/Intros and mission statement and enduring understanding Science Buiilding Room 12
Teachers must sign in each day. The sign-in sheet should, minimally, have spaces for the name and signature of each teacher as well as time in and time out. Send the completed sign-in sheets to Anne Zakas. Originals are preferred; mail to:
QuarkNet Center at Notre Dame
Department of Physics
225 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame IN 46556
Needs assessment, norms, goals and learning objectives
Logistics: schedule, meals, parking lot for questions/comments, etc
Cosmic Ray science lecture
QuarkNet overview: "The Purpose of Quarknet" Video conference with Shane Wood
Cosmic Ray Mission discussion
Cosmic Ray Muon Detector hardware components
Assemble CRMD: assist by QN staff
Four teams --> assemble four counters
One team --> plan DAQ/GPS placement
Plan study type: shower array or stacked array?
Data-taking: 'EQUIP' procedure
Cosmic Ray e-Lab overview
e-Lab Login: verify accounts
Tour e-Lab: Teacher side: Student side
Manage accounts: create student groups, change password
Reflection and Discussion of the day’s activities
5:00 Take CR data: overnight
2nd day June 14:
9:00 Review of previous day’s activities
Teacher: Learning Objectives, Community
Student: Cool Science, Library, Upload, Data, Posters
CRMD data UPLOAD: overnight data
PERFORMANCE analysis tool
-- Assess data quality and discuss need for plateauing.
FLUX, SHOWER, Lifetime, and Time of Flight analysis tools
Team CR investigation: FLUX, SHOWER --> write shared POSTER
POSTER presentations Very short just enough to see how it works.
Implementation Plan: classroom approach
Future plans for group: CRMD data-taking, coordinate research, CRMD rotation schedule
5:00 Wrap up
Facilitator: Martin Shaffer firstname.lastname@example.org