Cosmic Ray Workshop at Rice University -- June 2017


Participating teachers will be able to:

  • Configure a cosmic ray detector appropriately for acquisition of data for calibration and analysis of measurements
  • Identify and describe the e-Lab tools available for conducting studies with data collected using a cosmic ray detector
  • Create, organize and interpret a data plot to make a claim based on evidence; provide reasoning and 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.


Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.


Monday June 26

08:00     Coffee and Registration

08:15     Introduction and Objectives

08:45     QN Overview, Eclipse Experiment

10:00     Break

10:15     Explore Cosmic Ray e-Lab

11:00     Detector set-up

  • Calibrate barometers
  • Review geometry
  • Review EQUIP 
  • Review uploading data

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Classroom activities and
               Eclipse experiment

14:15     Break

14:30     Set-up for overnight
               collection of data

16:20    Reflection

16:30    End of day

Tuesday June 27

Announcement: Thursday and Friday 9 AM starting time

08:00     Coffee

08:15     Reflection on previous day   

08:30     Tour e-Lab
               Performance, blessing

09:00     Speaker: Dr. Stanislav Sazykin Space Weather

10:00     Break

10:15     Upload Data (from overnight)

10:45     Set-up for 2nd Data Run

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Posters

13:30     Manage accounts

14:15     Break

14:30     Set-up for overnight
               collection of data

16:00     Classroom implementation

16:15     Reflection

16:30     End of day

Wednesday June 28

08:00    Coffee 

08:15     Reflection on previous day

08:30     Upload/analyze data

10:00     Break

10:15     Speaker Prof. Paul Padley (particle physics)

11:15     Conclude research

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Create Posters

14:00     Present Posters

14:45     Break

15:00     Implementation plans

15:45     Reflection and evaluation

16:00    Clean up

16:30    End of cosmic ray workshop