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Broader Impact Committee Report. Brian Jones Dan Claes Susan Pfiffner. Gavin Polhemus Colorado State Univ Andrew Warnock. Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (CSU). Robert Stencel Denver University Barbara Monday Victor Stenger. Science Discovery Univ of Colorado.

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Brian jones dan claes susan pfiffner

Broader Impact Committee Report

Brian Jones Dan ClaesSusan Pfiffner

Gavin PolhemusColorado State Univ

Andrew Warnock

Center for Science, Mathematics,

and Technology Education (CSU)

Robert StencelDenver University

Barbara Monday

Victor Stenger

Science Discovery

Univ of Colorado

Colorado Citizens for Science

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Task PS-1 Continue community support efforts.

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SALTA’s Henderson Project is launched September 29, 2004

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Clear Creek students set

up the satellite modules

Basalt students move the

detectors to the next location

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Little Shop of Physics

Annual Open House

Saturday, February 25

Colorado State University

Over 4500 attendees!

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Henderson Mine


Henderson Mine


3-d anaglyph maps display the unique topography of Colorado

4000 have been distributed through the Minnesota Geological Society

(National Center for Earth Science Dynamics and the

Science Museum of Minnesota) University of Minnesota

500 Henderson Mine

500 CU Science Discovery

100 Arapaho Project

100 Morrill Hall Natural

Science Museum

University of Nebraska

100 each of SALTA Schools

including Clear Creek High School

1000 used this semester

in laboratory sections

of introductory geology

at CSU and UNL

2500 shipped to Colorado State University / Little Shop of Physics

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Task EO-2 Organize broader impacts component of each of the four proposed Henderson DUSEL workshops, drawing K-12 and undergraduate educators and students at each of the different venues in an effort to develop

genuine and effective connections

with the science.

4:30 Messages from Deep Space

Deep Underground:

The Science of DUSEL

5:15 Hands-On activities/

Take home materials

6:00 Brainstorming Session

By the 4th workshop

in Golden, CO

Over 60 participants!

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No doubt

lured there

by the

free dinner!

…at which we

picked their brains

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and unveiled a number of hands-on activities:


geotherms in

a coffee cup

Extracting DNA from fruit


cosmic rays

in a mixing bowl

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Task EO-3 In addition to invitations to workshop sessions, we propose going directly to Hispanic and Native American community leaders to request audiences at regularly scheduled Denver area special events, celebrations, and regional powwows in an effort to assess regional needs & expectations.

Brian Jones and Gavin Polhemus met with the local chapters of

American Indian Science

and Engineering Society

Tuesday, February 21

Wednesday, February 22

Society of Hispanic

Professional Engineers

Thursday, February 23

National Society

of Black Engineers

discussing ideas for developing the pipelines that promote and recruit student and teacher participation in the REU & RET programs anticipated at DUSEL.

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Task EO-4 Develop plans to host a joint AAPT-Colorado/Wyoming and CAST

(Colorado Association of Science Teachers, the Colorado section of the NSTA)

meeting and organize sessions within their regular annual meetings to build

interest and assess needs to be certain we develop a program appropriate for

our intended audience.

Dan and Brian are jointly planning a

Physics of DUSEL presentation followed by hands-on activities

(making cloud chambers)

to the Denver Area Physics Teachers (DAPT)

April 11

Brian’s column in the CAST Quarterly Newsletter will help promote the evening!

This is a first step in planning for HUSEP to host a future joint

AAPT-Colorado/Wyoming and CAST (Colorado Association of Science

Teachers, the Colorado section of the NSTA) meeting.

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  • Teachers truly eager to learn about the science of DUSEL!

  • lesson plans tying current research to basic science concepts

  • The main element separating DUSEL from other similar

  • visitor facilities is the site. Both the physical setting and scale

  • will mean a significant draw for the laboratory.

  • Science museums and other facilities may offer professional

  • development opportunities for teachers, but DUSEL would

  • uniquely offer an experience tied to real, exciting science at

  • the facility where it is being conducted!

  • DUSEL lab will be interdisciplinary

  • a plus for schools looking to integrate the sciences.

  • DUSEL will have a strong earth science focus.

  • Colorado’s science standards stress earth science

  • many teachers are weak in this area in particular.

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Task EO-1 Develop an E&O component that is truly integrated with the operations and research programs of the multi-disciplinary Henderson DUSEL. We will devise new initiatives developed in consultation with the project scientists, K-12 teachers, and members of the local communities. There will be an emphasis on the local schools, but instructional materials will be distributed nationally.

  • Summer/weekend workshops for teachers.

    • Training in content areas to include

    • engaging classroom activities directly related to

    • material/objectives already covered in classroom

    • with credit hours available through university members

  • Summer research programs for students & teachers.

    • Engaging them in projects related to DUSEL research

  • REU experiences for undergraduates

    • Bringing in student groups/underrepresented

    • through some sort of residential program?

  • Web-available instructional materials

    • Providing examples of teaching science concepts using

    • information/ideas from DUSEL experiments

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  • Broader Impacts/architects reviewing Visitors’ Center plans.

    • Arapaho has supplied attendance figures for

    • several regional visitors centers/attractions

    • Conservatively estimate 50,000-65,000 annually (peaking Summer)

  • Unused 100-ft drift potentially offers

  • the world’s 1st underground hands-on

  • science center. A subterranean setting

  • allows the development of interactive exhibits

  • inaccessible to surface museums.

  • cosmic ray shielding

  • transmission of vibrations thru rock

  • rock temperature

  • at different levels

  • water sampling

  • and analysis

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Outreach to regional schools and communities

K-16 (Standards based. Partnerships with CSMATE, school districts)

Onsite lab/classroom space with a program of packaged presentations or activities

Teachers bring entire classes

Traveling program / mobile lab (Little Shop type outreach, science exposure)

Undergrad presenters (internship)

Graduate students (GK-12 program of internships/fellowships)


revive the original cosmic ray grid plans for SALTA

recruit neighboring schools to expand the grid

Curriculum development

Teachers develop, pool lessons (DUSEL maintains repository/clearing house)

Teacher career development: getting teachers "Highly Qualified"

Lab sponsor online courses /hosts remote courses

Summer/weekend program for teachers

credit hours available through collaborating university members

Post-secondary science

Research based, Partnerships with Universities

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research Experiences for Teachers

Mentor recruiting and training

Exchange activities for undergraduate and graduate students

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Outreach to Scientists (Inreach, Partnerships with outreach programs)

Encourage all scientists to participate in and contribute to outreach efforts. This will be done by elevating outreach sessions from optional parallel activities at workshops to more highly visible and attended plenary sessions...

I. Formal educational presentations/demos prepared or sponsored by

DUSEL outreach office

A. Integrated into scientific plenary sessions of all DUSEL-related workshops and

colloquia help at the laboratory

B. Regularly scheduled presentations

1. REU mentors recruiting, training, and help sessions


II. Presentation content to include

A. how scientists should DO outreach

1. invited speakers from successful outreach programs

2. outreach guidelines (speakers from funding agencies)

B. proven teaching practices and methods(classroom - all levels)

C. demos of classroom technology

D. how-to primers on controversial topics

1. examples: evolution

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DUSEL will be an interdisciplinary laboratory and we should encourage

cross-disciplinary exposure and exchanges

III. Exposure to DUSEL efforts across disciplines to ALL scientists

A. weekly newsletter (electronic posting and distributed hardcopy)

1. featuring a "find" of the week

2. highlighting an experiment or colaborating institution

3. promoting the lab's calendar of events

4. to be distributed across lab, electronically posted

5. electronically distributed to registered schools,


6. Ask-a-scientist feature

B. weekly generally audience lab-wide colloquia

1. independent of group-specific or area-specific colloquia

2. open to the public

3. encouraging scientist to be informed across the curricula of

exciting science taking place at the lab

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