Taking Research into your Classroom for Science Teachers

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Educator Workshop: Taking Research into your Classroom for Science Teachers


Engage with physicists from Fermilab and the CMS Experiment in a 2-day workshop to analyze data taken at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. Teachers will learn and experience first hand the practices of scientists in the context of Particle Physics through activities taken and adapted from the Quarknet data portfolio. Teachers will look at actual data from the CMS experiment to re-discover some of the elementary particles: J/psi, W, Z, and the recently discovered Higgs boson. Teachers will gain an insight into the research process by seeing how the decisions they make when categorizing and analyzing the data can affect the end results, and how statistics come into play. They will gain a better appreciation of the numerous choices that need to be made in the research process and how innovation plays an important part in making discoveries.

The Quarknet activities have been developed by teachers and tested in classrooms to bring out some of the concepts covered during the workshop, like model building, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations, and statistics. The activities description includes a discussion of the various NGSS science and engineering practices that are built into them. Teachers will reflect on the concepts learned and will discuss how best to adapt the material to their classrooms.

We will also have presentations from CMS physicists. Teachers from the Quarknet Program will help you bring the experience to students in your classroom.

To participate, you must be teaching currently. You will receive a $200 stipend for full attendance.

Please register before June 23rd.

For questions, contact Harry Cheung (cheung@fnal.gov) or Pratima Jindal (pjindal@waubonsee.edu).

Audience: Teachers
Grades: 9 - 12
PDHs: 12

Scheduled Sessions:
  • July 6-7, 2017, 9am-5pm , Registration Deadline: 06/23/2017 , Register Online , Workshop at Waubonsee Community College