Fermilab/U Chicago Center
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Welcome to the Fermilab/U Chicago QuarkNet Center.
Center at Fermilab that includes Chicago slots
Fermilab: University of Chicago
Student Summer Research and Teacher Workshop Annual Report
The Fermilab/University of Chicago QuarkNet Center sponsored its annual student summer research and teacher workshop for its 10th year. The summer research began June 20th and went until July 29th. The three day teacher workshop spanned from July 27th to July 29th. This year’s summer activities included two mentor teachers, eight high school students, (seven juniors and one sophomore), 12 physics teachers, and one lead scientist. Teachers from the workshop primarily were from the suburbs west of Chicago, all having taught physics or will be teaching physics this upcoming year. We had a good spread in gender, age, and years of experience in the classroom.
The summer research was extremely exciting for the students this year. Six of the students worked individually, each with a mentor scientist, while the other two students worked together, sharing a mentor scientist. The students’ experiments ranged greatly. The students conducted research on a number of different areas including Astrophysics Detectors, Scientific Computing, Dark Matter Axion Detectors, Test Beam Facility, Muon g-2 Experiment, Dark Energy Survey, and the QuarkNet Radio Telescope. During the week, the students had the opportunity to attend lectures by well-known scientists as well as go on tours of the experiments. We conducted weekly lunch meetings on Mondays to keep up with the logistics and share the progress on the students’ experiments. Over the course of the summer, in order to more completely document their experience, the students wrote papers. Finally, for the teacher workshop, each student prepared a presentation to give on their experiment. All of these went well and we are extremely proud of their progress and accomplishments.
The teacher workshop was also a great success. Teachers immersed themselves for three days at Fermilab with data from a variety of Physics experiments. During the first half of the workshop they looked at research projects done by our QuarkNet students, worked with scientists from Fermilab and toured Muon/g-2 and D0/Tevatron. Scientists included Chris Polly, Fermilab and Muon g-2, Amber Stuver, LIGO and gravitational waves, and Brittany Kamai, History of the Universe. During the second half of the workshop they worked with Marla Glover to review fundamentals of the CMS experiment and study how to teach with research data using the QuarkNet E-labs. Teachers developed a plan for leading students to the next level of data collection, interpretation, and explanation.
The Fermilab/University of Chicago QuarkNet Center continues to provide a top notch research experience and educational workshop. Both teachers and students expressed their satisfaction. We are also now planning three different events to provide further opportunities for teachers. We are scheduling an Introduction to Python workshop in the fall, a visit to the Yerkes Observatory in the winter, and in the spring one-day CMS Master Class for high school students.
Lead Teachers: Laura Brenski Thorpe and George Dzuricsko
Workshop participants will:
- Identify particles colliding and emerging from collisions at the LHC from CMS data.
- Interpret the physical meaning of plots created from CMS data in light of conservation rules (energy, momentum, charge).
- Ask and answer questions about the physics of high energy collisions using CMS data.
Thursday 28 July 2016
13:30 What is CMS?
14:00 Z mass
15:00 Calibration data
15:30 End of Day
Friday 29 July 2016
09:00 Coffee, Recap, Reflect
9:15 CMS Masterclass Measurement Introduction
11:00 Explore posters in e-Lab
11:30 Discussion and creation of research questions
13:00 Work on research question
14:30 Present posters
15:00 Implementation Discussion
15:30 Evaluation/Looking Forward
End of workshop
QuarkNet Radio Telescope
S. Qadir – student (Wheaton North)
J. Johanik – student (Metea Valley)
M. Mleczko – student (Wheaton Warrenville South)
C. Stoughton – mentor (Fermilab)
Our purpose during our term was to investigate the possibilities of creating and accurately operating a reasonably priced Radio Telescope designed for High Schools across the nation to use. During our summer, we managed to construct two parabolic dishes and outfitted one dish to a level of producing basic astronomical observations. Our immediate goal for this six-week project was to see the 21-centimeter hydrogen line — a radio signal that indicates the presence of neutral hydrogen in the Milky Way. Our future goal is to run both dishes together and use interferometry to obtain a better overall resolution. Our main vision is to enlist high schools across the nation to build similar radio telescopes and make a QRA (QuarkNet Radio Array) to achieve interferometry. For the summer project, we not only conducted fundamental research on radio telescopes, programmed software, and collected data but we also ironed out potential problems that we encountered or problems high schools could encounter. We hope that teachers can then easily implement radio telescopes at their high schools, helping to build a network of them across the country, all working in harmony to make even stronger measurements of our universe.