Florida State University
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on Friday, June 7, 2013 - 08:15
Welcome to the Florida State University QuarkNet center. We meet on the campus of FSU and serve teachers in the surrounding area.
July 26-28, 2017
Participating teaches will be able to:
- Identify particles colliding and emerging from collisions at the LHC from CMS data.
- Interpret the physical meaning of plots created from CMS data in light of conservation rules (energy, momentum, charge).
- Ask and answer questions about the physics of high energy collisions using CMS data.
We will also provide opportunities to engage in critical dialogue among teaching colleagues about what they learn in the workshop.
Wednesday July 26
08:30 Formative Assessments, Brian
09:00 CMS Talk, Ted Kolberg
10:00 Video tracker lab, JaSun
13:00 CMS e-Lab worksop begins:
15:15 Level 1 Data Portfolio Activity:
16:15 Reflection on Activities
16:30 End of Day Discussion
Friday July 28
08:30 Morning Discussion,
09:00 Poster Presentations
10:00 Implementation discussion
10:30 Implementation survey
11:00 CMS e-Lab Workshop evaluation;
13:00 Solar Eclipse Information
14:00 Plans for 2017-18;
14:30 End of week evaluation
Thursday July 27
08:30 Morning Discussion,
09:00 Level 2 Data Portfolio Activity:
09:30 Introducation to CMS e-Lab
13:00 Research/poster work time
16:00 End of Day Discussion;
25-26 July, 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 July 25
Prior to workshop - Registration
08:30 Welcome/FSU Physics (Horst)
09:00 Gravitational Waves Presentation
10:00 LIGO e-Lab WS Introductions
10:30 Gravitational Waves review & resources
12:20 Interferometer activity
13:00 Exploration of LIGO e-Lab:
14:45 Search and analyze in data:
16:30 End of Day
Tuesday July 26
08:30 Morning overview and reflection
08:45 Group Picture
9:00 Begin resreach
12:30 Finish research/Create Posters
14:15 Poster Presentations
15:00 Implementation discussion
16:30 End of workshop
FSU’s QuarkNet center, now in its 16th year, presently has about 20 regular members, mainly from Leon County, but also a few from neighboring counties. During this last year we had a few meetings of “TeachMeet Tally,” a group loosely affiliated with QuarkNet, organized by Adam LaMee. These meetings are informal, monthly social events held for educators to share proven teaching practices.
Two of our regulars, Zondra Clayton and Karen Brown, were selected to attend a Data Camp at Fermilab.
Our main event of the year was our QuarkNet summer workshop at FSU, 6 to 10 July 2015. It was attended by 15 school teachers (http://www.hep.fsu.edu/~wahl/Quarknet/summer2015/people.html ), plus one master teacher from FSU-Teach (Logan Chalfant).
The program (http://www.hep.fsu.edu/~wahl/Quarknet/summer2015/agenda.html ) included a three-day workshop on cosmic rays led by Robert Franckowiak from QuarkNet. In addition to the cosmic-ray workshop activities, we had various lectures by FSU Physics Department faculty: Introduction to Cosmic Rays (Horst Wahl), Introduction to Quantum Theory (Horst Wahl), Highlights of Particle Physics (Laura Reina), Introduction to Astrophysics (Jeremiah Murphy) and Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics (Christianne Beekman), as well as a number of potential class room activities which were led by teachers who are members of the local QN center (Brian McClain, JaSun Burdick, Adam LaMee).
Unfortunately, Adam LaMee has taken a new job as Instructional Specialist at the University of Central Florida and will therefore no longer be available for us. His departure leaves a big hole and we’ll have to identify somebody to fill this void.
The Florida State University High Energy Physics group continues to sponsor our local QuarkNet efforts as it has since joining as an inaugural member of QuarkNet fifteen years ago. During the past five years the FSU QuarkNet center has interacted with physics-related research institutions in our community. This past year has seen support from researchers directly affiliated with Florida State University. This year’s guest speakers and laboratory visits involved the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the radiation and oncology treatment facility of Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, and four faculty member s from FSU Physics. The major thrust of this year’s efforts was a five-day workshop held on the campus of Florida State University, coordinated by FSU Professor Horst Wahl and lead teachers Adam Lamee and Brian McClain. The workshop successfully included eleven male and five female teachers from ten different schools. In addition, several past teacher members were able to participate on a limited basis.
A portion of the FSU QuarkNet professional learning community discussed the QuarkNet Data Camp investigation of w+ : w- ratio and mass of z using data sets of events. This two-day Data Camp included a visit from QuarkNet Staff Member Tom Jordan.
This physical science professional learning community continues to focus on the main concepts of advances in particle physics and mass/energy transformations. The workshop agenda included conversations and activities in particle physics with special emphasis on activities that utilize data collection and analysis. Six of the members in the learning community have been to CERN and informally shared their experiences. Activities dealt with: lab activities investigating rotational kinematics using an argument-driven inquiry approach, explicit tour of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and continued discussions of the Higgs boson discovery, properties, and importance. Our post-workshop surveys still continue to indicate the top two desires of the group for future sessions are: more on the basics of the Standard Model and for experience using web-based resources for students. The FSU QuarkNet group has additional members who were unable to attend this workshop but who do plan to continue their participation as their schedules and school calendars allow.
The guest presentations by Dr. Jorge Piekarewicz on related topics in astrophysics; Dr. Jim Brooks, Chairman of the FSU Physics Department, discussion of interdisciplinary aspects of current physics research; and the expanded discussion of the Higgs boson by Drs. Andrew Asker and Laura Reina were informative and provocative.
Our plans for the 2014-2015 include bimonthly afternoon meetings during the school year and involving new and returning members of the physical science and education communities with the first meeting coordinated by teacher Adam Lamee scheduled for October.
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- Q: Why can't you trust an atom? A: They make up everything.
- Q: Why does hamburger have lower energy than steak? A: Because it's in the ground state.