University at Buffalo
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Welcome to the University at Buffalo QuarkNet center. We meet on the campus of UB and serve teachers in the surrounding area.
2016 LIGO e-Lab Implementation
Below are the poster on which topics were recorded as a result of implementation discussions at the Buffalo LIGO e-Lab in 2016.
2016 LIGO Workshop at Buffalo
22-23 August, 2016
Participating teachers will be able to use the LIGO e-Lab to:
- Plot and interpret data recorded by LIGO seismic instruments
- Explain the importance of LIGO seismic data in gravitational wave search
- Identify and list classical physics concepts in LIGO data analysis
- Develop a plan for use of the LIGO e-Lab in the classroom.
Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.
Monday August 22
09:30 Gravitational Waves Presentation
10:30 Gravitational Waves and
13:00 Exploration of LIGO e-Lab:
14:45 Search and analyze in data:
16:00 End of Day
Tuesday August 23
09:00 Morning overview and reflection
9:30 Group research - create posters
13:00 Poster Presentations
14:00 Implementation discussion
16:00 End of workshop
SUNY Buffalo QuarkNet Annual Report
CMS Data Workshop - University at Buffalo, Summer 2015
August 20-21, 2015
Tiny URL for this page: http://tinyurl.com/oolmcoz
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 understanding 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.
Thursday August 20
10:00 Q&A (Vidyo) - CMS Center - Rafael Lopes de Sa
10:30 Introduction/Objectives/Overview/Data Porfolio
10:45 Level 1 Data Portfolio Activities:
11:45 Level 1 Classroom Activity
12:30 Lunch (Pentaquark Video)
13:30 CMS Data Express (Level 2)
14:30 Reflections and discussion
15:00 End of workshop day
Friday August 21
10:00 Recap of Yesterday/Plan for Today
10:15 CMS Masterclass Measurement (Level 2)
11:45 Discussion and reflection
13:30 CMS e-Lab exploration (begin before lunch?)
14:30 Implementation plans (form)
15:00 Evaluation and close
2014 Annual Report - SUNY at Buffalo
SUNY at Buffalo (UB) has joined QuarkNet in early 2006. Mentors of the group are UB experimental High Energy Physicists, Prof. Ia Iashvili and Prof. Avto Kharchilava. UB Experimental HEP group has sponsored its 8th annual QuarkNet Summer Workshop in Buffalo during August 19-21. This year we had 7 teachers taking part in the Workshop: two lead teachers (David McClary and Larry Hiller) who have been with the center since the beginning, and five participating teachers. Three out of these are new teachers (two female and one male), who have joined UB QuarkNet this year. The teachers are from 6 different schools, 5 of which are public schools and 1 is a private school.
The workshop had the following format. The first day was dedicated to general presentations on particle physics. These were aimed, particularly, at new teachers. The second day, we presented and discussed the latest Higgs results from CMS. Both days, the teachers exchanged ideas about how to incorporate HEP topics in their classroom instructions. They also took data using cosmic muon detector at Physics Department Cosmic lab. Finally, on day three, tour more experienced teachers discussed cosmic e-lab features. We then exchanged the ideas on how to improve Masterclass preparations for students.
Earlier this year, on March 15, UB Quarknet center participated in the CMS Masterclass. Four students from two high schools were divided into two groups to analyze Z®ee, Z®mumu, W®enu and W®munu events using CMS event display. Different groups analyzed different batches of data, and compared their findings. At the end of the data analyses session, students combined their data to measure relative fraction of Z events compared to W events, ratio of W+ over W-, and to check lepton universality. They have also created distributions of various quantities. Students, also “discovered” low mass resonances, J/Y and ¡. Finally, the students shared their findings and participated in discussions over Vidyo with other participating Masterclass groups (Boston and Detroit) also presenting their results. Students found Masterclass experience useful and informative about HEP as a whole and about the collaborative nature of the HEP experimental research.
Mentors: Ia Iashvili, Avto Kharchilava