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HR: 10:20h
AN: ED22A-01 INVITED
TI: The Cosmic Ray Observatory Project: A Statewide Outreach and Education Experiment in Nebraska
AU: * Snow, G
EM: gsnow1@unl.edu
AF: University of Nebraska, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy 116 Brace Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0111, United States
AU: Claes, D
EM: dclaes@unlhep.unl.edu
AF: University of Nebraska, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy 116 Brace Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0111, United States
AB: For the past 8 years, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Department of Physics and Astronomy has led the Cosmic Ray Observatory Project (CROP), a statewide education and research experiment involving Nebraska high school students, teachers, and university undergraduates in the study of extensive cosmic-ray air showers. With generous funding from the National Science Foundation in the first 7 years, a growing network of high school teams construct, install, and operate school-based detectors in coordination with UNL physics professors and graduate students. The detector system at each school is an array of scintillation counters recycled from the Chicago Air Shower Array in weather-proof enclosures on the school roof, with a GPS receiver providing a time stamp for cosmic-ray events. The detectors are connected to triggering electronics and a data-acquisition PC inside the building. Students share data via the Internet to search for time coincidences with other sites. The presentation will highlight the scientific and professional development achievements of the project to date, lessons learned since its inception, and plans for continued expansion to the 314 high schools in the state.
UR: http://crop.unl.edu
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0810 Post-secondary education
DE: 0830 Teacher training
DE: 0840 Evaluation and assessment
DE: 7594 Instruments and techniques
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2008 Fall Meeting