Evelyn Restivo of Maypearl, a physics teacher at Maypearl High School, has been named a fellow by the QuarkNet Collaboration, a national science education program that provides teachers and students with the tools to conduct scientific research in the classroom.
QuarkNet partners high school teachers and students with scientists participating in a variety of particle physics experiments, including experiments at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., and the European laboratory, CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland.
QuarkNet Fellows are teachers selected for their outstanding work in the classroom and their collaborating work with other teachers to advance the teaching and learning of science.
Fellows receive a stipend and support to attend a QuarkNet leadership program, hosted at one of the participating scientific institutions. Fellows are trained to offer professional development activities for other teachers, certifying them as QuarkNet master teachers.
This year’s QuarkNet Fellows completed a weeklong leadership program at Fermilab. Restivo joined the group working on the Large Hadron Collider. Teachers researched CERN’s LHC and ATLAS and CMS, the experiments to be performed there.
They met with Dan Green, the spokesman for CMS, and Helio Takai, an ATLAS physicist from Brookhaven National Laboratory. They toured the new CMS remote operations center at Fermilab. They also saw the part of the accelerator complex and the main control room; the CDF detector, and SiDet, a fabrication facility for a collider detector high-precision tracking chamber.
The leadership program also covered leadership characteristics, professional development strategies and styles of learning.
Marge Bardeen, QuarkNet spokesmsn, said, “It is a pleasure to collaborate with exceptional teachers like Evelyn Restivo. Teachers find coming to Fermilab an extraordinary opportunity to explore an outstanding research facility, interact with world-renown physics and master teachers, and learn to engage their students in 21st century science.”
In its ninth year, QuarkNet is supported in part by the National Science Foundation and the Office of High Energy Physics of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. Additional support comes from universities, national laboratories and particle physics experiments whose researchers volunteer as QuarkNet mentors. More information on QuarkNet is at http://quarknet.fnal.gov.
Fermilab is the home of the Tevatron, the world's highest-energy particle accelerator, and a leader in the development of accelerator technology since the laboratory's founding in 1967. Fermilab collaborates closely with laboratories around the world on R&D for the proposed International Linear Collider and accelerator facilities proposed for Illinois. Particle beams from Fermilab’s accelerator complex are used to treat cancer patients on site at the Neutron Therapy Facility.
Fermilab is managed by the Fermi Research Alliance LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.