Free workshop for New Mexico Science Teachers

This event will take place Saturday September 18 and Sunday September 19, 2021.

Introduce yourself to particle physics and bring that knowledge back to your classroom!

It's a good artifact for Domain 4: Professionalism.

No prior exposure to the subject is needed.

It will take place at Explora (1701 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque).

Every participating teacher will receive $100 per diem and a certificate of participation.

Please bring an internet-capable device such as a laptop/Chromebook/iPad for the hands-on activities. If you are not able to bring such a device, we will pair you with someone who brings one.

This event is sponsored by QuarkNet@UNM.

If you have questions, please contact Sally Seidel at or (505) 277-2087


09:00 Introduction and preparations for activities
09:30 Activity: Shuffling the Particle Deck
09:50 Video clip: CERN in 3 (or 4) minutes
10:00 Talk by UNM Prof. Sally Seidel on particle physics, followed by Q&A
11:00 Activity: Rolling with Rutherford, followed by debrief morning activities, Q&A
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Activity: Calculate the Mass of the Z
14:00 Behind-the-scenes tour of Explora with a member of the museum staff
15:00 Activity: World Wide Data Day - ATLAS measurement
15:45 Discussion: Classroom Implementation
16:30 End