QuarkNet is an educational program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy whose aim is to support science education in schools by establishing a nation-wide science teacher network. It provides opportunities for school science teachers to learn firsthand about frontline physics research in universities, and establish mentor relationships between science teachers and physics professors at universities.
Since 1999, QuarkNet has established several new centers each year
in universities and laboratories participating in hadron collider
experiments at CERN in Switzerland and at Fermilab and SLAC in the US. There
are now fifty-three centers which are associated with research groups at
universities and labs across the U.S.
The Physics Department at FSU is one
of the twelve sites selected in the first year (1999) of Quarknet.
The first two high school science teachers from Leon County who participated
in this program starting in summer 1999 were
Lance King of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee (now in charge of lecture demonstrations in FSU's Physics Department) and
Brian McClain of Godby High School in Tallahassee.
The present lead techers are
Adam Lamee of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee,
and Gerry Hart of Godby High School in Tallahassee.
This year we have held several meetings where teachers came together and had an opportunity to share their experiences. Our aim is to encourage teachers to include more "modern" (20th and 21st century) physics in their curriculum, and we want to to make a focused effort to help interested teachers to acquire better understanding of modern physics so that they would feel more comfortable presenting such topics in the classroom. To achieve this goal, we plan to do the following:
For more details please read
the Invitation to science teachers
QuarkNet workshop at FSU, summer 2000
QuarkNet workshop at FSU, summer 2001
QuarkNet workshop at FSU, summer 2002
Check out some of the
if you want to learn more about this program, about particle physics, or just "any old physics."
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