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· Which segments of this workshop
would be most useful to other teachers.
· Which elements from he workshop
will transfer to your students.
· What type of follow-up events will
· What was your general impression
of the workshop.
· Other comments.
The lectures, labs, and tours of facilities that are doing
this type of research were very useful in gathering up-to-date technology
I can scale down some of the lectures to the levels of my
students. Lab demos and lab activities can be modified. Books, websites,
etc. can be used as class resources.
Lectures on particle physics research. Things on events that
follow the same format as this particular workshop.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time here at this workshop. A lot
of the information was new to me. It has encouraged me to refresh any knowledge
of physics. I only teach lower level students (intro to physics and chemistry)
but I still find that I can incorporate a lot of the information to their
understanding. I am really pleased that I got the chance to participate
in this workshop. It has been a very exciting and engaging way to start
my summer vacation. I want to do more now. I lived in Chicago for five
years and worked at Abbott Laboratories in pharmaceutical research and
development for most of my time there. I had no idea the type of research
that went on at Fermilab. It is very impressive.
This has been a very rewarding experience for me interacting
with other physics teachers and physicists. It is well worth the two weeks
the resources, knowledge, and contacts that you gain.
Most dynamic workshop I have attended. The energy and
love of physics will be transferred to my students as well as the activities
and to some extent the in-depth notes. The wide variety of resources in
people, books, technology, and Internet will enable me to have an expanding
amount of information to share with my students
Thanks for the wonderful experience that all of you at
SMU made possible.
Sandra L. Lyman
Links and follow-ups posted on web-site
Lecture material and demos
Short mini-reports on current happenings
I am so glad I was accepted into this workshop. I really
do not have other physics teachers to communicate with in my building and
it is great to have interaction with other teachers.
Fantastic job! Thank you!
Demonstrations, lab experiments.
Demos and lab experiments; web links, mathmatica
Speakers, trip to Fermilab and Cem?!
Very informative - mostly because this is Physics today!!
We teach and study a lot about classical topics, but learning about what
is going on in current physics is quite new (for me, at least). I can't
wait to tell students about this - even if its not part of the curriculum.
This has definitely encouraged me to read more on the topic and get my
See #4. This was such a great experience! Thank you to all
our facilitators - the people here at SMU are top notch. Fred, Tom, Randy,
Richard, and Tamara are truly brilliant.
All of the areas of updated information and new discovery
are useful to keep the teachers updated. The ability to build, use low
cost items, to explain the concepts of modern physics is a useful thing
to all teachers. Teachers ability to work and network with other teachers
is also very important, to develop new concepts.
I feel that the relationship of all of the hands on activities
will be useful. Particle collision examples will be a fun way to see the
formation of smaller particles. It can also be used to show principles
of force, velocity, acceleration, distance, KE, momentum, etc. The list
is endless. Simple ways to show shape and size of unknown particles is
also another useful activity. Students need a mark or impression made to
help them remember and understand. Hands on activity will give them this
Just to stay on top of the new discoveries and visual
aids to show what is being done. To see the areas of study at Fermilab
or Cern and watch data be collected.
I thought this workshop was very organized, each speaker
had different approaches and concepts to share. It was fun to watch the
different teaching methods and use of technology by each instructor. Labs
were used to enforce what was being studied. All of the teachers involved
worked well together and the networks established will be helpful throughout
the next years of teaching.
Great job by all involved, looking forward to further
work and activities.
The "open-ended" labs were quite good. The LINAC ws a great
idea, and keeping it open allowed lots of modifications and ideas to come
I'll definitely do the LINAC, in one form or another.
Special relativity and particle physics - I'll be including
much more on these topics in my AP class in the future.
A follow up next year on the LINAC and cosmic ray detectors
might be helpful so people could compare notes.
High quality workshop. Best I've attended. It didn't dumb
things down at all, and covered many interesting questions.
Dr. Fred's lectures and the lab.
The reading, lab demonstrations, and the pursuit of language
I think lecture and labs like we already had and the new
For me it was excellent - an opening of door to new visits.
There are not enough words in my vocabulary to praise it.
I feel that I can share many of the basic concepts
with other teachers, either one-on-one or in a workshop situation. I know
that some of the hands-on lab work will be easily passed on to other teachers.
Many teachers have never been exposed to particle physics and they are
in the dark (not a black hole) about basic concepts. I feel very comfortable
in sharing my limited knowledge with them because of this workshop.
All of the hands-on material will transfer directly to my
students. I do not know yet how much I will use of the conceptual particle
physics in my classroom. I do know that I will definitely introduce it
and I feel confident that I can now answer many of my students questions.
I believe hands-on follow up workshops will be useful. I
also believe that refreshers in concepts will help all of us. Special events
will be useful to all of the Dallas area teachers but for me they will
be very difficult to attend even though I believe they will be very good.
I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the workshop. It
was very well organized and I was especially impressed with the diversity
of the faculty involved in the workshop. The more interpretations you get
of this material, the better you understand it. All the staff was very
helpful and in my case, they were very sensitive to my situation, e.g.
making sure I had suggestions on things to do and see during free time.
Thanks!! I would put this workshop right at the top on all the workshops
I have attended in my 32 years as a teacher. Thank you for allowing me
Present research and future research in high
energy physics i.e. I was in college before the top quark was found.
- The linac demo/lab
latest ideas on atomic structure
career options in HEP
- updates on research
- getting together again to see what worked and what didn't
in our classrooms
VISITS TO ACCELERATORS! (CERN would be nice!)
Excellent. I am so glad I could participate. This was well
worth my time. I am looking forward to continuing this collaborations!
The concentrated update of current knowledge is great.
The new understanding of physics is priceless. The better
understanding of the theory will improve my ability to share knowledge
clearly and concisely to my students.
A trip to Fermilab would be a wonderful "real life" experience
to aid my transfer ability to students.
This was by far, the best I have attended.
The opportunity to spend time with talented people has provided
a spark that had been faltering. This workshop is great for challenging
and performance. The building of the Myer Telescope has been a really great
The lectures were the most useful to me as a teacher.
I graduated college during a time when none of this was discussed. As a
teacher I would read things on my won, but your lecture kind of made things
The elements that I will transfer to my students will
be the examples, drawing, stories, and all the interesting side things
that I can make my students interested in particle physics.
I wish we could do more lectures on these concepts (like
I think this workshop was wonderful. I felt like I was
taking an actual physics class. These two weeks I also learned that there
are other people like me, that are confused in this topic. As a teacher,
I thought that it was only me that was confused about subatomic particle
but I now know that I can ask questions and get answers. At my school,
there was nobody for me to ask. I would get frustrated.
Demonstrations, manipulations, and labs.
Same as #1
Some elementary group theory
Outstanding - exactly fit my personal deficit. Great chemists
among participants. Friendly and helpful instructors and auxiliary personnel.
Recommend to other physics teachers.
All lectures in order to increase base knowledge of
particle physics and up to date data. And web links for places to go for
The "hands-on" mind games by Dr. Olness. These are excellent
things to have students do to make them become involved in higher order
thinking skills. At this time, I may not have a clear idea of how to apply
everything, but I have the information and where to go to get more. I know
this will help me in the coming year as I teach different science units
in all sciences- physics, chemistry, and environmental.
Just to get back together and find out from each other how
this material was useful in the classroom will be very helpful.
My overall evaluation of this workshop is that it was one
of the best I have ever attended. There were good conversations between
lectures, "book knowledge" and "hands-on" application.
It has been exciting to be part of real "live" research as
SMY is involved with the research of finding things such as the Higgs particle.
I look forward to continuing my association with this project.
Not depending upon level of teaching: the universal
process of taking an idea and open up brainstorming to allow natural inquiries
to explain observations with experiments.
Depending on level: the standard model components, how they
work and are examined by all these physics groups/experiments.
The lectures were very good. The UTSW visit adds practical
Limited amounts of the standard model and the LINAC model
to add a hands on effect and UTSW to add an end to it all.
Great lectures, forms for students, mail lists
Fantastic 10+ on a "relative" 10 scale
Need to add more public school teacher trainings in for physics
and chemistry done with completely fun labs to teach the theory. Public
school teachers need all the help/training/fun they can get.