Developments in International Masterclasses
June 16, 2020
International Masterclasses (IMC) have grown in a number of ways. World Wide Data Day (W2D2) and special masterclasses for International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGS) are innovations that began two years ago and have taken root. W2D2 establishes new ways for high school students and teachers to engage in masterclass activities from their own classrooms. For IDWGS, a new pathway has been opened for high school girls to be encouraged in physics. New masterclass measurements beyond those for the LHC have been developed and tested, notably the MINERvA neutrino masterclass, which is the first IMC offering in neutrino physics and the first based on a Fermilab experiment. In the MINERvA measurement, students are able to study interactions of a neutrino beam with carbon nuclei, using conservation of momentum to draw conclusions. Other masterclass measurements related to Belle II and medical imaging are also in the testing stage. More neutrino masterclasses are in development as well, especially for MicroBooNE. A longer-term goal is the creation of a DUNE masterclass measurement as that facility reaches the data-taking stage.
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