The 2013 Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium with Ken Andert

August 22, 2013



La Lumiere physics teacher, Ken Andert traveled to Sanford, Florida at the request of the University of Notre Dame to attend the 2013 Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium at Seminole State College.  The purpose of this symposium is to provide planetarium staff from around the world an opportunity to share with each other what they have developed for their respective facilities. Andert, along with Dr. Keith Davis of the University of Notre Dame, gave a presentation on Thursday afternoon entitled, The Large Hadron Collider’s Data Rendered Live – Bringing Particle Physics To The Dome.    As the title indicates, this was an opportunity for Andert and Davis us to show off their now fully functional model of the various detectors in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, complete with 3D models of actual event data taken from one particular detector, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS for short).  The model permits the audience to “see” what the machine sees, and is a great tool for explaining how physicists can use that information to work backwards and determine what subatomic particles must have given rise to that particular data pattern.

As a result of Ken Andert’s association with the University of Notre Dame, several La Lumiere students have been given the opportunity to intern as summer research assistants at the university’s QuarkNet program over the past decade.  QuarkNet is a long-term, research-based teacher professional development program in the United States jointly funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy.


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