July 21-24, 2015

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CMS Data Workshop


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.


Draft Agenda

Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.

Tuesday 21 July

09:00     Coffee, Registration, and Daily Opener 

09:15     Introduction/Objectives/Overview/Data Porfolio

09:30     Presentation: CMS and LHC Run II

10:30     Break

10:45     Level 1 Data Portfolio Activities: 

11:45     Reflection on Activities

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Level 1 Data Portfolio Activities: 

Each group chooses one.

14:00     Break

14:15     Level 2 Data Portfolio Activity: 

15:30     Reflections on Activities and Discussion

16:00     End of Day

Wednesday 22 July

09:00     Coffee/Recap of Yesterday/Plan for Today

09:15     Level 2 Data Portfolio Activitiy: CMS Masterclass Introduction

10:00     CMS Virtual Visit

10:30     Level 2 Data Portfolio Activitiy: CMS Masterclass Measurement

11:30     Reflection on Activity and Discussion

12:00     Lunch

13:00    Level 3 Data Portfolio Activitiy Exploration: CMS e-Lab

14:00     Reflection on Activity and Discussion

14:15     Break     

14:30     Implementation plans (form)

15:15     Reports and Discussion

16:00     Evaluation and Close




CMS e-Lab Workshop


Workshop participants will:

  • 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. 



Thursday 23 July

0:900    Registration and Coffee

09:15    Intro discussion

09:30    Physicist presentation on LHC and detectors

10:30   e-Lab first look

  • CMS e-Lab > login > "metro map"> Get started
  • pairs of participants look at "stops"
  • report to group (e.g. whiteboards)
  • facilitator gives start time for presentations (~11:00)

12:00   lunch

13:00   TOTEM Data Express

14:30   Z mass plot in e-Lab (start at metro map)

  • use dielectron and dimuon
  • try out tools
  • find shape, peak, width (fwhm), background
  • discuss

16:00   End of day

Friday 24 July

09:00   Coffee and chat

09:15   Intro redux

09:30   Discussion and creation of research questions

10:00   Group work: investigations, posters

  • start posters by ~11:30

12:00   lunch

13:00   Finalize posters 

13:30   Present posters

14:30   Discussion:

  • Implementation in school
    • present different models
    • discuss local situation
    • discuss ideas
    • (optional) make entry in QN center group page
  • Student groups in e-Lab

15:30   Implementation Survey  

16:00   End of workshop