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.
The K-State group held two workshops and a Master Class in the last fiscal year.
On February 15, 2014 we held a workshop at the KSU Physics department on Physics for Policy Makers and Master Class preparation work. Twelve teachers attended. Prof. Brett DePaola, ex-Jefferson Fellow at the State Department, gave a much appreciated 2 hour summary of his Physics for Policy Makers class. Ken Cecire led the Master Class orientation.
The Master Class was held on April 4, 2014, Nine teachers and twenty-four students attended. KSU Physics hosted a program of demos and hands-on physics activities and we also toured the KSU Nuclear Reactor. Most KSU HEP and Comology graduate students helped with the Master Class activities.
Bob Peterson hosted the CRD workshop at KSU during 5-7 August 2014. This was attended by 6 teachers wo had a total of 4 cosmic ray detectors.
Penny Blue (Lyons HS) and Renee Teague (Cheney HS) participated in the 2014 QuarkNet Data Camp.
The KSU group remains strong in its eleventh 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 2014-15 include an early spring Master Class orientation workshop and participation in a Master Class in late spring 2014.
Time of Day eLab Activity
Students will perform a search of data to investigate whether there is a relationship between time of day and flux. This activity will enable students to become proficient at looking at data, and performing flux studies. Students will report findings in a poster on the eLab site and present findings to the class.
Next Generation Science Standards
Science and Engineering Practices
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations
1. Patterns. Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them
Common Core Mathematics Standards
MP2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
Common Core Literacy Standards
Speaking and listening
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.11-12.9 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Students will be able to:
Find data from cosmic ray detectors from various schools.
Run flux studies, varying bin width, as necessary.
Use analysis tools to detect maximums and minimums and adjust times.
Back a claim with evidence.
Students must be able to keep careful record of maximums, minimums and adjusted
The times listed in data are in universal time. Students will need to adjust these times
to the time zone for the location of the school whose participants collected the data.
There is no student handout for this activity. Aside from instruction on accessing data,
and the note about universal time, there is little background information necessary.
Students will generate a poster on the eLab site
Students will present the poster to the class and to defend claims