Virtual Neutrino Workshop Template 2020


Month date-date, 2020

Building, Room #

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Objectives for Neutrino Data Workshop

Participating teachers will:

  • Apply physics principles to reduce or explain the observations in data investigations.
  • Examine simulated and experimental data. Identify patterns within the data and consider causes of those patterns. 
  • Create, organize and interpret data plots; make claims based on evidence and provide explanations; identify data limitations.
  • Develop a plan for taking students from their current level of data use to subsequent levels using activities and/or ideas from the workshop.

We will also provide opportunities to engage in critical dialogue among teaching colleagues about what they learn in the workshop.


Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.

Day 1

09:00    Welcome & Introductions

  • Zoom sign-in and handshake
  • Whip around: How are you doing??
  • Registration
  • QuarkNet Account Update

09:30    Mean Lifetime Part 1: Dice - Level 1 Data Portfolio Activity
             What is the most likely number of throws necessary to produce a "1" on the top of a 6-sided die??

  • Framing: A bit of history...Wolfgang Pauli and beta decay
  • Variation on activity: One die decay simulation
  • Links: tally sheet, spreadsheet
  • Include BREAK
  • Discussion

11:00    Mean Lifetime Part 3: MINERvA - Level 2 Data Portfolio Activity - BEGIN

  • Intro MINERvA and ARACHNE display
  • Data collection instructions
  • Links: Data collection sheet & spreadsheet

12:00    LUNCH & work time

  • Optional "office hour" from xx:xx - xx:xx

14:00    Mean Lifetime Part 3: MINERvA - Level 2 Data Portfolio Activity - FINISH

  • Discuss results
  • Half-life vs. mean lifetime
  • Discuss Michel electron energy results - If time permits and/or with advanced groups
    Link: Michel electron energy results

14:45    Neutrinos: Mystery and History Presentation

  • slides
  • script
  • recording 
  • Pauli letter

15:45    End of day reflection

             Homework: Start thinking of classroom implementation (?)


Day 2

09:00    Welcome & Introductions

  • Zoom sign-in and handshake

09:30   The Case of the Hidden Neutrino - Level 1 Data Portfolio Activity

  • Analysis, Link: spreadsheet
  • Discussion

10:30    BREAK

10:45    What Heisenberg Knew - Level 1 Data Portfolio Activity
             (Perhaps begin this segment with Histograms: Uncertainty - Level 1 Data Portfolio Activity?)

  • Introduce activity
  • Work through activity
  • Discussion

12:00    MINERvA Masterclass Measurement - BEGIN

  • Introduce activity
  • Analysis instructions
  • Assign data for analysis
  • Links: Data and Spreadsheet

12:30    LUNCH & work time

  • Optional "office hour" from xx:xx - xx:xx

14:15    MINERvA Masterclass Measurement - COMPLETE

  • Discuss results

15:15    Implementation Plan

16:15    Teacher Survey

16:30     End of Workshop







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