Colorado State University Center
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Welcome to the Colorado State QuarkNet Center.
Colorado State University Center for teachers in the Fort Collins area.
July 13-16, 2015
Tiny URL for this page: http://tinyurl.com/csu-cdw15.
This workshop is an exploratory prototype. All activities not specifically found in the Data Portfolio are still in development.
Participating teachers will:
- Apply classical physics principles to reduce or explain the observations in data investigations.
- Identify and describe ways that data are organized for determining any patterns that may exist in the data.
- 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.
Monday 13 July
09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Presentation: Astroparticle Research
No computer needed!
11:45 Reflection on Activities
13:00 Stages of muon lifetime (do in sequence)
14:30 Detector performance simulation
15:30 Reflections on Activities and Discussion
16:00 End of Day
Tuesday 14 July
09:15 Pierre Auger Virtual Visit
09:45 Prepare detector/computer interfaces
10:00 Plateau detectors
11:30 Set rates and start taking data
14:30 Plan Wednesday expedition
15:30 QuarkNet nuts-and-bolts
16:00 End of Day
Wednesday 15 July
09:15 Presentation: Neutrino physics
12:00 Lunch (on the road?)
13:00 Calibrate CSU detector array
16:00 End of day
The CSU QuarkNet group took two cosmic ray detectors in two cars up to Alpine Visitor Center on Wednesday Julu 5, 2015, measuring cosmic ray flux at several stops. Zack's detector ran at 3-fold coincidence while Chris' and Roger's detector was at 2-fold. Near the top, we discovered a light leak in Zack's detector but kept it under control.
Our route from Colorado State to Alpine Visitor Center. Our results; light purple for Zack's detector and blue for Chris' and Roger's.
Faculty mentors: Dr. Norm Buchanan, Assistant Professor and Dr. Walter Toki, Professor, Physics Department, Colorado State University
Lead teachers: Cherie Bornhorst, Science Teacher, Loveland High School; and Adam Pearlstein, Teacher in Residence, Colorado State University
The Colorado State Quarknet Center is now in its 3rd year. In the first two years of our program, we focused solely on cosmic ray research, and deployed 4 detectors at high schools on the Front Range. The focus for the FY 2014 was to expand our program; both in membership of teachers, and to include other aspects of high energy physics.
A four day workshop was held at CSU on August 4-7, 2014, in the Little Shop of Physics workshop space. The workshop was divided into two portions; the first two days being a workshop lead by CMS Fellow, Shane Wood from the University of Minnesota QN Center, and the following two days was time for teachers to build off our previous developments in cosmic ray data and research, lead by Cosmic Fellow, Robert Franckowiak from the Idaho State University QN Center.
The CMS Workshop was very well received by the teachers, who enjoyed the hands-on experiments and data that are easily implemented into a high school Physics curriculum. The workshop trained our teachers in analyzing real CMS data, compiling data to create histograms, and using the data to discover the mass of the Z boson. Through the activities, teachers were introduced to the Standard Model, the significance of the Higgs Boson, and the current research at the LHC. Mentor, Dr. Norm Buchanan, gave a talk on the physics of the ATLAS and CMS experiments. The two day CMS workshop concluded with a virtual visit with scientists at the CMS experiment at CERN. Teachers had the opportunity to ask questions about the experiment and also got an underground tour of the experiment.
The final two days of the workshop was dedicated time for the teachers to continue learning more about cosmic rays and the CRMD’s in their classrooms. Teachers took data with the cosmic ray detectors, using the new Java-based program, EQUIP, which allows teachers a real-time look at muon counts on each channel during data collection, as well as an ease of user interface. Teachers had time to review the steps necessary to collect data that is “blessed”, and therefore open-source data once uploaded to the Cosmic Ray eLab. The detectors are currently with teachers at 4 Colorado high schools, namely: Loveland High School, Castleview High School, Greeley West High School, and Rangeview High School.
Teachers participating in the summer workshop:
Cherie Bornhorst, Loveland High School
Adam Pearlstein, Colorado State University
Chris Nichols, Castleview High School
Brandy Bourdeaux, Rangeview High School
Zach Armstrong, Greeley West High School
Participation in High School Teachers Program @ CERN 2014
Lead Teacher, Cherie Bornhorst, was one of five teachers from the United States chosen to participate in the HST 2014 Programme at CERN. The program was held July 6-26th, 2014 and was an intensive series of lectures, presentations, tours, and working in focused project groups with 50 other teachers from around the world. Cherie is excited to bring her knowledge and skills acquired at CERN back to her classroom, and the Colorado State University QuarkNet teacher group.
Tiny URL for this page: http://tinyurl.com/cmscsu14 .
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- gain knowledge and skills to successfully complete investigations using LHC data;
- interpret event displays from CMS and explain their meaning;
- conduct LHC investigations with students and successfully prepare them for masterclass; and
- assist mentors in organizing and facilitating a masterclass.
Monday 4 August 2014
09:00 Coffee and Daily Opener
09:30 Presentation: Neutrinos (Toki)
13:00 CMS Data Express
14:30 Presentation: LHC and ATLAS (Buchanan)
15:30 Reflections and discussion
16:00 End of day
Tuesday 5 August 2014
09:00 Coffee/Recap of Yesterday/Plan for Today
09:30 CMS Virtual Visit
10:00 CMS W/Z Measurement
12:00 Lunch (Fermilab Pre-tour Information)
13:00 CMS e-Lab
14:15 Classroom impementation
16:00 End of day