Sep 25 – 30, 2023
Protea Hotel King George
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Cosmic Watch for Education and Outreach in Africa and Beyond

Sep 29, 2023, 2:36 PM
Charlotte Room (Protea Hotel King George)

Charlotte Room

Protea Hotel King George

Invited Talk Physics Education and Outreach Special sessions on small detector labs & internet of things


Kenneth William Cecire (University of Notre Dame (US))


Several years ago, Spencer Axani of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed and tested a very small, inexpensive cosmic ray detector that he named the Cosmic Watch. He also provided plans and resources to the public for anyone to build and use one. A little over a year ago, inspired by the TanQ project in Japan, the U.S. QuarkNet program built 48 of these detectors, which have been used and tested by QuarkNet members in a variety of scenarios. We will discuss what was learned about the Cosmic Watch and then shift that discussion to how it may be used in physics outreach and education in Africa. The goal is for students and teachers to collect and analyze cosmic ray muon data in order to build enthusiasm for and deeper understanding of fundamental physics.

Abstract Category Physics Education

Primary authors

Daniel Kallenberg (Adams High School, South Bend, Indiana, USA) Jeffrey Chorny (Lakeshore High School, Stevensville, Michigan, USA) Jeremy Wegner (Winamac Community High School, Winamac, Indiana USA) Kenneth William Cecire (University of Notre Dame (US))

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