Stephanie Healey | Jan. 13, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Science
The QuarkNet Center at Notre Dame recently received an award of $8,000 from Notre Dame International for Masterclass Institutes Collaborating in the Americas (MICA). MICA, directed by Kenneth Cecire, national QuarkNet staff teacher, and Mitchell Wayne, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, will use the funding to create a partnership in particle physics education between Notre Dame and Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile.
The highlight of the partnership will be an international masterclass, which will bring high school students from Indiana and Chile together online. In the masterclass, the students become "particle physicists for a day" by performing measurements on real particle physics experiments with science mentors. Similar to typical international research collaborations, the students will join each other in a video conference at the end of each day to discuss and combine their results.