Physics in and Through Cosmology

Workshop 2021 June 28-July 23!

The 2021 Workshop is being planned and more information will be available soon


The Physics Division will host its fifteenth “Physics in and Through Cosmology” workshop for high school physics teachers and students, starting June 28 through July 23, 2021. This summer the workshop will be conducted remotely with students & teachers video conferencing 6 -8 hours a week in the afternoon. The workshop is designed to create a vibrant learning community that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion for Physics teachers and highly motivated high school students with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Teachers and students together, will experience an intense overview of cutting-edge research in particle physics and cosmology, with presentations from Berkeley Lab scientists and postdocs. Topics last year included the Higgs boson and other research with the ATLAS experiment at CERN, heavy-ion physics, neutrino physics, the search for dark matter, mapping the universe, measuring dark energy with supernovae, and machine learning. Students form small groups and interview a lab scientist about the work they are doing, and in the last week of the workshop they present a short video or power point about the scientist’s research. A highlight of the last workshop included a discussion with Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter . The workshop was in part supported by QuarkNet and organized by Tony Spadafora of the Physics Division and Laurie Kerrigan of Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. There is no cost to teachers or students.

Students & teachers contact lkerrigan@lwhs.org for an application.