HR: 11:05h
AN: ED22A-04    [Abstracts]
TI: Teaching and Learning With Cosmic Rays and the QuarkNet /Cosmic Ray Data Portal
AU: * Whelan, K
AF: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, One Cyclotron Road MS 50R6008B, Berkeley, CA 94706 United States
AB: Teachers and students across the country are observing cosmic rays using detectors in the classrooms. They can upload their data to our web-portal and then use their browsers to perform data analysis such as determinining muon lifetimes and flux rate dependencies. The data that is uploaded can be used by guests from anywhere in the world, even if they do not have a detector of their own. Students and teachers can make scientific discoveries and can publish their findings in an online poster session. They can also make comments and suggestions about each other's findings. Teachers can monitor their students' progress by having them use the virtual logbook.The portal is a tool that supports the inquiry method of learning and exposes students and teachers to the use of real data in scientific research. QuarkNet provides the opportunity for teachers to be trained in the use of the portal so that they can better transfer their own research experiences into the classroom.
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: Fall Meeting 2005