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QuarkNet Program

What Will I Be Doing?

As a participant in the QuarkNet program, you will have many exciting opportunities. There are positions for lead teachers as well as associate teachers.

Lead Teachers

In the first year, two lead teachers will hold eight-week paid summer research appointments under the mentorship of the local center physicists. These teachers, working side-by-side with physicists from BHSU and Sanford Lab and collaborators throughout South Dakota and across the U.S., will take part in the construction and testing of detector components, create data sets and develop online experiments for students and help develop classroom detectors.
In succeeding academic years the teachers will extend their research work to the classroom. They will also work with the physicists to design a research-oriented institute for up to ten other area teachers who will join the center in the second year. The center will have ongoing support in following years.

Year 1 - At each Center during the first year two teachers will join the project. Their responsibilities include:

  • Holding an eight-week summer research appointment.
  • Trying some activities based on the summer research with students during the school year.
  • Working with the mentors to plan a year-2 three-week local institute for the associate teachers.
  • Working with the mentors to recruit year-2 teachers.
  • Providing information for program evaluation.
    • Pre-surveys (during Fermilab summer institute) and post-surveys (the following March)
    • Participant Satisfaction Form (at the end of the summer institute)
    • Classroom Transfer Logs (first set January 31; second set June 30)
    • Telephone Interview (for a random sample of the teachers) (following spring)

Year 2 - During the second year on average 10 new teachers will join each group bringing the total to 12 at each Center. Their responsibilities include:

  • Working with the mentors to offer the year-2 institute.
  • Planning with the mentors and the associate teachers how they will continue the collaboration for at least one week total time during the year. For example, this could mean regular network meetings during the school year or it might mean getting together each summer for one week.
  • Incorporating QuarkNet activities in the curriculum. This does not require teaching a particle physics unit. It does mean using examples from particle physics to enhance topics already taught.
  • Providing information for program evaluation.
    • Participant Satisfaction Form completed by Associate Teachers
    • Classroom Transfer Logs (first set January 31; second set June 30)
    • Telephone Interview (for a random sample of the teachers) (following spring)

Years 3+ - Beyond the second year responsibilities include:

  • Sharing responsibilities for organizing QuarkNet collaboration meetings.
  • Attending QuarkNet collaboration meetings.
  • Incorporating QuarkNet activities in the curriculum. This does not require teaching a particle physics unit. It does mean using examples from particle physics to enhance topics you already teach.
  • Providing information for program evaluation.
    • Abridged Classroom Transfer Logs (first set January 31; second set June 30)

Associate Teachers

Year 2* - During the second year on average 10 new teachers will join each group bringing the total to 12 at each Center. 

  • Attending the year-2 institute
  • Planning with the mentors and lead teachers how they will continue the collaboration for at least one week total time during the year. For example, this could mean regular network meetings during the school year or it might mean getting together each summer for one week.
  • Incorporating QuarkNet activities in the curriculum. This does not require teaching a particle physics unit. It does mean using examples from particle physics to enhance topics already taught.
  • Providing information for program evaluation.
    • Participant Satisfaction Form
    • Classroom Transfer Logs
    • Telephone Interview (for a random sample of the teachers) 

Years 3+ - Beyond the second year include:

  • Sharing responsibilities for organizing five days of QuarkNet collaboration meetings (These could range from a one-week workshop to academic-year, evening meetings).
  • Attending QuarkNet collaboration meetings.
  • Incorporating QuarkNet activities in the curriculum. This does not require teaching a particle physics unit. It does mean using examples from particle physics to enhance topics you already teach.
  • Providing information for program evaluation.
    • Classroom Transfer Logs