HR: 11:20h
AN: ED22A-05    [Abstracts]
TI: The Cosmic Ray Observatory Project in Nebraska -- a education and research project to study extensive air showers
AU: * Snow, G R
AF: University of Nebraska, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy 116 Brace Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0111 United States
AB: The Cosmic Ray Observatory Project (CROP) is a statewide education and research experiment involving Nebraska high school students, teachers, and college undergraduates in the study of extensive cosmic-ray air showers. A network of high school teams construct, install, and operate school-based detectors in coordination with University of Nebraska 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. CROP has enlisted 26 schools in its first 5 years of operation with the aim of expanding to the 314 high schools in the state over the next several years. Recent successes and prelinimary data on air shower searches will be presented. The outlook for statewise expansion will be discussed.
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: Fall Meeting 2005