Workshop 2013

Syracuse University QuarkNet Workshop 2013

July 15-19, 2013 @ SU

The QuarkNet program at Syracuse continued this summer. Teachers visited Syracuse University for a week-long workshop of training and activities.

This year’s workshop had two foci: a 2-day activity and a 3-day cosmic ray workshop session.

Two day activity:

The first two days were broken up into a morning & afternoon session on each day.

Session 1: Welcome, Q&A from last year, lecture on cosmic rays, possible lecture on Higgs(?). Your input is welcome here!

Session 2 & 3: The goal was to take last years electronics labs (Analog & Digital labs), along with the lab write-ups we gave you, and produce a lab that could actually be done in your classroom.

Session 4: Meet as a full group, shared ideas, and produced a lab activity that you can all use in your classrooms — Here, we expect to see the FINAL PRODUCT of the 2-days before you leave on Tuesday!

Three day cosmic ray session:

Cosmic ray muon workshop, similar to (but not exactly the same) as last time.

We built two more CRMDs that can be brought to high schools and passed around. Ideas on the workshop were exchanged, and a preference for a lecture about Cosmic rays and the Higgs boson was expressed.

If you think you’d be running the cosmic ray setup from your laptop, we suggest you bring it in and get it set up while here so you know it will be ready to roll when you get the cosmic ray detector.

Practical Information

The nominal day was the following:

  • 8:15-8:30 am arrival at SU, light breakfast, chat…
  • 9:00-12:15 lab work
  • 12:15-1:15 break for lunch
  • 1:15-4:00: lab work
  • 4:00 finish for the day

There is a $100/day stipend for your participation. If anyone needs to park in a parking garage this is a possibility, please contact Steve, Mitch or Ray for the details. Also note that there is a lot of construction going on at the Euclid entrance; it is currently closed to vehicles.

– Here is a campus map.

2013 Lectures

Title Files Author
Welcome Steve Blusk
Cosmic Rays: Friend or Foe? pdf Mitch Soderberg
The Simple Lowdown on the God Particle pdf, ppt Steve Blusk

2013 Activities

The main activity this year is to take the two electronics labs from last year and create an activity that would be useful in your classroom curriculum.

Title File(s) Assistant
Electronics 1: Op Amps & Si Dets (updated) pdf, docx Dylan Hsu
Electronics 2: ADCs & DAQ pdf, docx Dylan Hsu

Here is a webpage with reference material for the lab activities

Electronics kits will be provided containing: a breadboard, wires, operational amplifiers, photodiodes, LEDs, resistors, capacitors, potentiometers, TNG-3B, serial cable, TNG sensors, etc.

2013 Help

Help for Cosmic Ray Muon Detector

Help for Electronics Activities

Help for the LHCb Event Display

Help for Information About the Higgs