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.
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.
|Cosmic Rays: Friend or Foe?||Mitch Soderberg|
|The Simple Lowdown on the God Particle||pdf, ppt||Steve Blusk|
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.
|Electronics 1: Op Amps & Si Dets (updated)||pdf, docx||Dylan Hsu|
|Electronics 2: ADCs & DAQ||pdf, docx||Dylan Hsu|
Electronics kits will be provided containing: a breadboard, wires, operational amplifiers, photodiodes, LEDs, resistors, capacitors, potentiometers, TNG-3B, serial cable, TNG sensors, etc.
Help for Cosmic Ray Muon Detector
- CRMD Assembly Instructions for Series 6000 DAQ (2012)
- I2U2 Cosmic Ray e-Lab website
- QuarkNet website
Help for Electronics Activities
Help for the LHCb Event Display
- Getting the ROOT software from CERN, the eventDisplay macros and the simulated data.
- Background material on the Standard Model, and using the Event Display
- Web-based event display from LHCb
Help for Information About the Higgs
- Higgs Boson and Mass – YouTube (very nice)
- Some nice articles from Scientific American, collected by York University
- Q&A from the New Scientist, with Matt Strassler
- Fermilab Video – with Don Lincoln
- CERN Announcement (video link at end)
- CMS and ATLAS Presentations (video link at top, slide links for each talk)
- Higgs Boson Explained
- New video on the Higgs Boson by Dave Barney of the CMS collaboration and Steven Goldfarb of the ATLAS collaboration