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1 21 December NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten “I have really discovered how beautiful science physics is and I have enjoyed every second of it” Andreas Pantelis H5C

2 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten2 What is HiSPARC? 1.An experiment to detect high energy cosmic particles and to study their origin. 2.A project to show high schools students a realistic picture of the work at scientific institutes, to stimulate the choice for a scientific study.

3 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten3 Air showers… (Figure from Nagano en Watson, Rev. Mod. Phys. 72, 689 (2000)). Air showers: highest energies occur rarely (e.g. 1 event per 100 square kilometer per year)

4 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten4 To detect cosmic showers, a network of detectors is made… GPS …air shower detection

5 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten5 …build and managed by high-school students

6 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten6 5 clusters ~30 schools actively involved, ~ 10 in pipeline More than 150 students and 50 teachers Physics students! Status

7 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten7 “I had 4 unmotivated pupils. They participated in HiSPARC and now they are my most enthusiastic students” F. Lapoutre, Science teacher Teachers “ This cooperation is just what is needed to show pupils at High School what Science is all about” B. Vrijdaghs, Science teacher

8 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten8 Development of educational materials (e.g. A. de Leeuw) Electronic learning environment (J. Colle and F. Hidde) Analysis, profielwerkstukken Teacher network Teacher involvement

9 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten9 Highlights new detector stations 2 new LIO’s in Amsterdam First national teachers workshop Altran Foundation Award 2004 Support from ‘Deltapunt’ for the development of a HiSPARC educational module (90 k€) Support from OC&W for ‘Innovation at High Schools’ (233 k €)

10 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten10 High school student activities In Nijmegen: building and analysis In other clusters: mainly building the detector

11 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten11 The HiSPARC Detector From the ‘profielwerkstuk’ from Utrecht (Pieter de Goeje, Veerle Bodewes, Brend Wanders)

12 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten12 “Profielwerkstukken” about 150 students –building detector oscilloscope, impedance matching, fast electronics particles, muons, cosmic rays, showers, scintillation, photo-electric effect hardware, grinding, polishing etc. calibrations, excel, statistics (Poisson, Gaussian distributions) –several movies and interviews –HiSPARC web sites –software development –GPS positioning –Data analysis –promotion videos etc. 2005: Review committee and HiSPARC journal students calibrating a scintillator plate

13 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten13 HiSPARC DAQ

14 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten14 Data retrieval Data : retrievable via website mysql database

15 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten15 Rate dependence on weather ( F. Hidde, Herman Wesselink College) –thunderstorm on Nov. 26

16 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten16Electronics Much effort NIKHEF ET –35 produced Non-scalable (mass production) Improved design from Altran –Rob Derlage (Altran) –analog part: Hans Verkooijen (NIKHEF)

17 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten17 Altran design usb interface integrated ADC’s – 440 MHz sampling integrated GPS timing fully programmable logic and settings up to 4 channels scaler readout, etc. cost reduction, factor 3

18 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten18 Press Coverage many (~50) news paper articles –including 3 in Volkskrant and 1 in NRC –Natuur, wetenschap and techniek –intermediair national radio RTV NH article in Nature –june 17, 2004 vol first scientific results in NtvN (Ch. Timmermans)

19 21 December 2004 NIKHEF jaarvergadering, Ilka Tánczos & Henk Jan Bulten19Outlook: “Ready to grow” (Altran) –Electronics –Data warehousing –Organization –Funding Expansion to other fields –MeteoKids and Kennislink (Nijmegen started) –Virtual school lab (grid and Coach) –www.geluids.netwww.geluids.net International workshop (March 2005) at NIKHEF HiSPARC goes to Africa: Sudan

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