Department of Physics | April 22, 2015
In January 2015, the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center received its second Luksic grant from Notre Dame International to enhance the Masterclass Institutes Collaborating in the Americas (MICA), a collaboration between Pontifica Universidad Católica (PUC) in Santiago, Chile, and the University of Notre Dame particle physics education and outreach programs.
Adam Martin, assistant professor of physics, and Trinity School physics teacher Patrick Mooney ’78, ’86 Ph.D., lead teacher at QuarkNet, traveled to Santiago, Chile in February to host a two-day Masterclass for Chilean high school teachers. Mooney and Martin taught the teachers about basic principles of particle physics and showed them ideas for simple, engaging experiments to do with their students, such as creating cloud chambers to detect particles in the air. Having previously served as an assistant professor of physics at La Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, Mooney was able to teach his portion of the classes in Spanish.