Idaho State QuarkNet Group
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on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:20
Physicists, teachers, and students work together to explore the frontiers of physics at Idaho State.
Here are links to the Cosmic Workshop surveys:
- to be completed by ALL teachers of all summer programs, workshops, institutes etc. at any center
- complete before end of summer workshop
- takes 20-30 min
For the first if you want to cut and paste from your cosmic poster, that would be fine. The second is regarding Dr. Shropshire and myself (Robert Franckowiak) for the week.
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 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.
Wednesday June 14
09:00 Particle Physics and the LHC online
10:15 Level 1 Data Portfolio Activities
11:00 Q&A Reflection/Implementation
12:30 Level 2 Data Portfolio Activity:
13:30 Level 2 Data Portfolio Activity
14:45 Reflections and Discussion
15:00 Level 2 Data Portfolio Activitiy
17:00 End of Day
Thursday June 15
08:00 Recap of Yesterday/Plan for Today
08:30 Wrap-up CMS Masterclass
09:30 Current research at ISU
11:30 Dice Decay and muon lifetime
14:00 Level 3 Data Portfolio Actviity: CMS e-Lab
15:15 Implementation Plans/How to Use
17:00 End of Workshop
The eleventh annual ISU QuarkNet Summer Institute was held June 6 - 10, 2016. QuarkNet veterans Robert Franckowiak of Logan, Dr. Steven Millward of Grace, Idaho, Jodie Hale, Michael Matusek, and Geoffrey Williams of Pocatello, Idaho, and Keith Quigley of Roy Utah, participated this year, along with QuarkNet newbies Cara Clark of Midvale, Utah, and Kathy Freeman of Eagle, Idaho. During the institute, these Associate Teachers and Dr. Steve Shropshire plateaued each detector, conducted performance studies, and did a preliminary blessing of each CRD. Starting Tuesday Robert Fannkowiak led discussions for ways to use the CRDs in the classroom and availability of web/online resources. Newer attendees were paired with more seasoned members as each group brainstormed a research topic, then collected, uploaded, and viewed data. Troubleshooting some of the more frequent issues were also explored.
A more thorough tour of the e-lab was modeled on Tuesday to show the capabilities and benefits to the teacher and the student. The geometry Upload was discussed to make sure the time stamp in the geometry configuration is previous to the data file that is associated with that geometry. The project map, analysis tools, and blessing were discussed as well as the Library and Resources links. The design of a poster was explained to be used to summarize experiments that are done by students and to be produced by the teacher for the workshop (one explaining their individual experiment and another for a lesson plan). A tour was provided of the Idaho Accelerator Center (IAC) by Wendland Beezhold, Director. Teachers arranged their CRMDs to run various experiments overnight. A few groups tried some variation of the Time of Flight, while the rest spread the channels at various distances to measure showers.
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon CRMD experiments were prepared for overnight collection, with data upload and analysis conduction the following mornings. Time of Flight experiments were tried in various configurations. The issue of having a positive mean or a negative mean was explored. (Are there a lot of muons traveling through the earth?) If the channels are spaced close together, then it might be reasonable to conclude that there are multiple strikes on the channels from different muons and many from off normal paths. The channels each have an error in the time measurement. When calculating the time difference in the two channels, one should see a systematic (repeatable) result. To compensate for the measurement error it becomes necessary to switch the positions of the channels. The resultant data should provide a reading that has switched the error difference. The average of the two switched measurements should eliminate the error. One attempt to eliminate the additional muons included looking for 3 fold coincidence in 3 channels, while using the data from 2 channels. A second attempt included using two channels placed vertically and voiding any data from the coincidence of the vertical plate with the horizontal. There were also three shower studies that were ran and data collected. One study involved looking at channel separation at a given height to ascertain if there is a preferred spacing to detect showers. Two other groups arranged their channels in a spread out configuration but in two separate rooms. The point of their experiment was to look for showers between the two individual systems. The routines were then run multiple times with different settings to ascertain what was being calculated within the routine. Gate widths were also adjusted to look for statistical possibilities of time delay errors.
On Thursday and Friday teachers worked on posters and lesson plans of how they would use the CRMDs in their classrooms. Lesson plans and posters were presented to the group on Friday.
A study suggested for next year is to have stacked systems on each floor of the four story building. Using the shower routine, find the events that are from the “same” muon. The time of flight could theoretically be calculated on an “individual” basis. Can the routine be modified to do many days, or multiple detectors?
Two lectures were given during the workshop. The topics were Current Research at the IAC, presented by Wendland Beezhold, and Pulsed Power Accelerator research by Rick Spielman.
During the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, all eight of the Associate Teachers who participated in the 2015 Summer Institute shared all seven of the ISU detectors to introduce their students to particle physics. All Associate Teachers who participated in the 2016 Summer Institute, with the exception of Kathy Freeman, will use one of the seven ISU detectors in this fashion in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016.
Idaho State University QuarkNet Activities for 2015
The eleventh annual ISU QuarkNet Summer Institute was held June 8 - 12, 2015. QuarkNet veterans Robert Franckowiak of Logan, Dr. Steven Millward of Grace, Idaho, Jodie Hale and Michael Matusek of Pocatello, Idaho, Keith Quigley of Roy Utah, and Carolyn Bennett of Dumas, Texas participated this year, along with QuarkNet newbies Geoffrey WIlliams of Pocatello, Idaho, and Enrique Arce-Larreta of Salt Lake City, UT. During the institute, these Associate Teachers and Dr. Steve Shropshire plateaued each detector and did a preliminary blessing of each CRD. Starting Tuesday Robert Fannkowiak lead discussions for ways to use the CRDs in the classroom and availability of web/online resources. Newer attendees were paired with more seasoned members as each group brainstormed a research topic, then collected, uploaded, and viewed data. Troubleshooting some of the more frequent issues were also explored.
Online collaboration was used to show the ease of programs such as Skype and Vidyo. These programs allowed guest collaborators/speakers Ken Cecire, of Notre Dame, and later in the week a Q&A with Rolf Landua and Konrad Jende, from CERN. Other discussions referenced the online tools for the Masterclasses and CERN educational videos. The Associate Teachers uploaded data for analysis, and posted 5 posters on the QuarkNet web site. They also prepared lesson plans for their schools to use with the cosmic ray detectors.
Two lectures were given during the workshop. The topics were Current Research at the IAC, presented by Jon Stoner, and Current Research at CERN by Robert Franckowiak.
During the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015, all five of the Associate Teachers who participated in the 2014 Summer Institute had at least one detector for the whole academic year to introduce their students to particle physics, with Robert Frankowiak using two cosmic ray detectors. All eight Associate Teachers who participated in the 2015 Summer Institute will use one or two of the eight ISU detectors in this fashion in the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016.
The tenth annual ISU QuarkNet Summer Institute was held June 16 - 20, 2014. QuarkNet veterans Tegan Byerly of Caldwell, Idaho, Robert Franckowiak of Logan, Virginia Jones of Idaho Falls, Dr. Steven Millward of Grace, Idaho, Daniel VanWasshenova of Pocatello, Idaho, Keith Quigley of Roy Utah, participated this year, along with QuarkNet newbie Michael Matusek of Pocatello, Idaho. During the institute, these Associate Teachers and Dr. Steve Shropshire plateaued each detector and did a preliminary blessing of each CRD. Starting Tuesday Robert Fannkowiak led us in an advanced workshop on using all three e-lab tools for calibrating detectors. All 36 counters in our 9 CRDs were plateaued and blessed using a standardized procedure, and set to a standard count rates over the same intervals while stacked together. The hope is that this will allow coordinated flux studies with the CRDs widely separated over three states this school year. The Associate Teachers uploaded data for analysis, and posted four reports on the QuarkNet web site. They also prepared lesson plans for their schools to use with the cosmic ray detectors.
Three lectures were given during the workshop. The topics were Current Research at the IAC, presented by Dr. Alan Hunt, Current Research at CERN by Robert Frankowiak, and Developing a Cherenkov detector for Jefferson national Accelerator Laboratory.
During the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014, all nine cosmic ray detectors were shared between all ten of the Associate Teachers who participated in the 2013 Summer Institute. Each teacher used one or two detectors for the whole school year to introduce their students to particle physics. All six Associate Teachers who participated in the 2014 Summer Institute will use one or two of the nine ISU detectors in this fashion in the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014.
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