University of Tennessee June 14-16 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.”


 Learning objectives.

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.

Pre-Workshop notes:

                               -- 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!

                               -- optional: black light --> scintillator

                               -- create e-Lab and Quarknet accounts for all teachers

                               --- have data collection computers with EQUIP installed and JAVA updated

June 14:

9:00 -  Welcome/Intros and mission statement and enduring understanding

Needs assessment, norms, goals and learning objectives

Logistics: schedule, meals, parking lot for questions/comments, etc

9:45 - Cosmic Ray science talk  <-- Martin Shaffer

10:15 -  QuarkNet overview: "The Purpose of Quarknet" <-- Martin Shaffer

10:30 -  Break

10 45:  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

12:00: Lunch ???      

1:00   Plan study type: shower array or stacked array?


Data-taking: 'EQUIP' procedure

4:30 -  Reflection and Discussion of the day’s activities

Take CR data: overnight

June 15:

9:00 -   Review of previous day’s activities

9:15 - Cosmic Ray e-Lab overview

e-Lab login: verify accounts

Manage accounts: create student groups, change password

Tour e-Lab: Teacher side; Student side

Teacher: Learning Objectives, Community

Student: Cool Science, Library, Upload, Data, Poster

10:00 - CRMD data UPLOAD: overnight data

10:30 - Break

10:45 - PERFORMANCE analysis tool

Assess data quality and discuss need for plateauing.


FLUX, SHOWER, Lifetime, and Time of Flight analysis tools

12:00 - Lunch ???

1:00 - Team CR investigation: FLUX, SHOWER --> write shared POSTE

Afternoon - Start collecting data for investigation

4:30 -  Reflection and Discussion of the day’s activities

Collect data overnight if needed

June 16:

9:00 - Review of previous day’s activities

9:15 - Work time: Teams

11:30 - POSTER presentation




12:00 - Implementation Plan: classroom approach

Future plans for group: CRMD data-taking,  coordinate research, CRMD rotation schedule.

  1:00 Lunch ???                   



Martin Shaffer   martin

Sowjanya Gollapinni



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:

Anne Zakas

QuarkNet Center at Notre Dame

Department of Physics

225 Nieuwland Science Hall

Notre Dame IN 46556