Kansas State University QuarkNet Center
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on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 12:44
A collaboration of teachers, students and physicists involved in inquiry-based, particle physics explorations.
“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.
Kansas State University QuarkNet Center, 2015-2016 Annual Report
The K-State group held a week-long workshop and a Masterclass (and Masterclass Orientation) in the last fiscal year.
The Masterclass Orientation was held on February 20, 2016 and was attended by 9 teachers.
The Masterclass was held on March 4, 2016 and was attended by 8 teachers and 27 students on site and 1 teacher and 18 students participated from their high school. KSU Physics hosted a short program of demos and hands-on physics activities and we also toured the KSU Nuclear Reactor. Most KSU HEP and Cosmology graduate students helped with the Masterclass activities.
A week-long workshop was held at KSU on August 8-12, 2016. This was attended by 13 teachers. The first two days were devoted to cosmic ray detectors and four teachers brought their detectors and took data and measured the speed of muons, closing with short talks of their observations. The teachers plan to keep their cosmic ray detectors running their schools. On Wednesday the teachers built cloud chambers and got them running and will try to continue using them in their schools. Martin Shaffer ran the activities on the first three days. Tim Bolton gave two talks, on cloud chambers and on the LHC & CMS. Brian Washburn gave an extended lecture and presentation with demos on electromagnetic radiation and polarization. Four teachers stayed for the last two days and worked on CMS e-Labs with Shane Wood.
On other fronts, KSU QuarkNet teachers continued to avail themselves of national QuarkNet and other HEP-related opportunities seeded by QuarkNet. Emma Detrixhe participated in the 2016 Data Camp at Fermilab.
The KSU group remains strong in its thirteenth year of existence. Approximately two and a half dozen teachers participate, a core group of a dozen or so regularly, and the rest at the rate of once every other meeting. We continue to specialize in serving small rural high schools throughout the state. Plans for 2016-2017 include an early spring Masterclass orientation workshop and participation in a Masterclass in late spring 2017.
Cosmic Ray Workshop Aug 8-10 2016
“Our mission is to create opportunities for teachers and students to explore the nature of scientific research. Using cosmic ray muon detectors, students design and perform experiments to analyze data employing the cosmic ray e-lab.”
- Organize data using the cosmic ray muon e-lab
- Specify limitations and assumptions of a proposed experiment.
- Manipulate apparatus using appropriate data acquisition equipment for calibration, characterization, and analysis of measurements.
- Generalize from data possible sources and scale of experimental error.
- Summarize and communicate claims, evidence and results to demonstrate the nature of scientific research.
- Implement plans to use the cosmic ray e-lab with the classroom community.
Monday 8 August 2016
9-9:15 am Brett DePaola, KSU Physics Interim Head
9:15 Assemble CRMD: assist by QN Staff
10:15 Finish build and set geometry
1:00 Intro to EQUIP
Plan study type to collect overnight data
3:30-4:15 pm Tim Bolton: The Cloud Chamber
4:15 Reflections and discussion of the day's activities
Take Data overnight.
Tuesday 9 August 2016
8:30 Coffee/Intros(if needed)//Reflections
9:00 CR elab
Upload overnight data
10:30-noon Prof Brian Washburn has very kindly agreed to talk about light.
1:00 Work on Study
3:30-4:15 pm Tim Bolton: The LHC
4:15 Reflections of the day's activities
Wednesday 10 August 2016
8:30-9:15 Coffee and review of previous day's activities
9:30 Present Posters for CR Study.
10:15 Build Cloud Chambers
1:00 Finish Cloud Chambers
4:00 Teachers bring/share classroom ideas/activities
430 Reflections of day's activities
Tour of Laser Lab
CMS Objectives Aug 11-12 2016
CMS e-Lab Workshop participants will:
Thursday 11 August 2016
09:00 CMS Talk (Tim Bolton) ?
10:15 Intro to CMS e-Lab: A first look
11:00 Level 1 Data Portfolio Activity: Mass of the Z
13:00 Level 2 Data Portfolio Activity: CMS Data Express
14:00 Begin Level 3 Data Portfolio Activity:
15:00 End of day reflection/discussion
15:30 QN Teacher Survey
16:00 End of Day
Friday 12 August 2016
08:30 Coffee, Recap, Reflect
09:00 Group work:
14:00 e-Lab user group discussion
14:30 Implementation plans
15:15 Evaluation/Looking Forward
16:00 End of workshop
The K-State group held a workshop and a Master Class in the last fiscal year and 4 teachers visited SURF.
The Master Class was held on March 27, 2015 and was attended by 7 teachers and 16 students. KSU Physics hosted a short program of demos and hands-on physics activities and we also toured the KSU Nuclear Reactor. Most KSU HEP and Cosmology graduate students helped with the Master Class activities.
A workshop on Cosmology, Dark Matter and Neutrino Physics was held at KSU on July 6, 2015. This was attended by 5 teachers. Four of these teachers visited SURF for the rest of that week. This was a very useful trip for the teachers.
On other fronts, KSU QuarkNet teachers continued to avail themselves of national QuarkNet and other HEP-related opportunities seeded by QuarkNet. Curt Parry and James Neff participated in the 2015 Data Camp at Fermilab.
The KSU group remains strong in its twelvth year of existence. Approximately two dozen teachers participate, a core group of 10 or so regularly, and the rest at the rate of once every other meeting. We continue to specialize in serving small rural high schools throughout the state. Plans for 2015-2016 include an early spring Master Class orientation workshop and participation in a Master Class in late spring 2016.