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Use of Cosmic Ray eLab to Teach the Research Process. Deborah Roudebush Oakton High School 2900 Sutton Road Vienna, VA 22181. AAPT 2009 Winter Meeting February 15, 2009 Chicago, Illinois. What is QuarkNet?.

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use of cosmic ray elab to teach the research process

Use of Cosmic Ray eLab to Teach the Research Process

Deborah Roudebush

Oakton High School

2900 Sutton RoadVienna, VA 22181

AAPT 2009 Winter Meeting

February 15, 2009

Chicago, Illinois

what is quarknet
What is QuarkNet?

QuarkNet provides professional development and on-going support for physics teachers

  • http://quarknet.fnal.gov/
my role in quarknet
My Role in QuarkNet
  • Lead Teacher Hampton University Center
    • 2000 – Present
    • Conduct research at Hampton University
    • Work with teachers to develop lessons on particle physics for the classroom
    • Work high school students with research projects related to Particle Physics
oakton high school
Oakton High School
  • Bringing teachers and students together as researchers…
some were experimentalists
Some were Experimentalists…
  • Muon detector construction underway at Oakton High School:
and some were theorists
…and Some Were Theorists
  • Tutorial in data mining using muon data stored in eLab:
calibrating
Calibrating
  • Students performed the calibration studies on the Oakton High School Muon Detector:
uploading data
Uploading Data
  • Data collected overnight and uploaded via eLab:
running a performance study
Running a Performance Study
  • Performance study to determine if the our data should be “blessed”:
using flux studies
Using Flux Studies
  • Flux studies are important for developing research questions:
science fair projects
Science Fair Projects
  • Scott is in charge
  • of calibration and
  • “Blessing Data”:
  • Christina and Richa are studying flux as a function of altitude and ground temperature :
  • Rachel is studying Flux vs Time of Day
long term runs
Long Term Runs

Goal:

  • Run 24/7 and upload every three to five days
  • Teams of students responsible for uploading and “blessing” data
  • Students develop sophistication in data mining and develop significant research questions such as the possible role of muon activity in triggering thunder storms
the future
The Future
  • Detectors in more schools in Fairfax County, VA, to establish a detection grid for shower studies
  • Develop collaboration groups for students across the county and across the country
  • Provide opportunities for high school students to be directly involved in new research.
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Deborah.Roudebush@fcps.edu

Oakton High School

2900 Sutton Road

Vienna, VA 22181