Submitted by kcecire
on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:53
Spotlight on the Colorado State University QuarkNet Center
Located along the Colorado Front Range in Fort Collin, this center just completed its sixth year in QuarkNet. Led by lead teachers Cherie Bornhorst, Zach Armstrong, and Adam Pearlstein, along with mentor Bob Wilson, this summer's workshop came in two parts: a two-day CMS e-Lab workshop in which teachers explored the new CMS e-Lab, and a field trip to DUNE at the Homestake Mine in South Dakota. Though last spring this center was unable to hold its masterclass at CSU due to a snow storm (second year in a row!), this didn't stop teachers Chris Nichols and Roger Felch from holding the masterclass at their high school with 30 students participating!
We were unable to publish Friday due to a schedule conflict so here we are on Monday. As for events to which we awoke today, we have no words. We hope the Friday Flyer on Monday will be of some small help on a difficult day.
Spotlight on the Boston Area QuarkNet Center
The Boston center meets periodically during the school year and then has a two- to three-day summer meeting, usually in August. This past year, they started off on a chilly November day discussing truth, science, and (a bit) the U.S. Constitution, moved on to masterclasses, and then took up dark matter in May. The Boston center finished in August with a two-day workshop in which they examined the astronomical evidence for dark matter and dark energy. It is not surprising that the discussion ranged from the historical to the cutting edge in the Boston center; it is one of the original 1999 QuarkNet centers with a great group of teachers, three QuarkNet fellows, and three great mentors from two top universities.