Jul 30 – 31, 2018
Instituto de Física da Universidade de São Paulo
America/Sao_Paulo timezone
Evento comemorativo dos 10 anos da Rede Nacional de Física de Altas Energias

Detecting cosmic rays in high schools: an experimental approach for particle physics outreach activities in Sao Paulo

Jul 31, 2018, 11:45 AM
Sala 202 (Instituto de Física da Universidade de São Paulo)

Sala 202

Instituto de Física da Universidade de São Paulo

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Marco Lisboa Leite (Universidade de Sao Paulo (BR))


For many years, it is well known that cosmic rays detection can be used as a valuable tool for discussing particle physics with high school students. An example of this is the operation of spark and cloud chambers in science museums, the Quarknet program in the US and, more recently, the Cosmic Pi and Cosmic Watch projects, just to mention a few. In Brazil, despite some proposals in the past, there is no ongoing widespread project to bring the cosmic ray detection topic in outreach activities. In this talk, we will present an initiative being coordinate at the Instituto de Fisica da Universidade de Sao Paulo to equip a network of schools with very low-cost cosmic ray detectors whose project was tailored to adapt our schools' resources and fulfill our pedagogical needs.

Primary authors

Marco Lisboa Leite (Universidade de Sao Paulo (BR)) Marisilvia Donadelli (Universidade de Sao Paulo (BR)) Marcelo Gameiro Munhoz (Universidade de Sao Paulo (BR)) Prof. Suzana Salem Vazconcelos (IFUSP) Prof. Iva Gurgel (IFUSP) renan milnitsky (IFUSP) Guilherme Tomio Saito (Universidade de Sao Paulo (BR))

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