Kansas State University QuarkNet Center, Annual Report 2014-2015

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.