Physics Seminar

2019 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Presents: The Building Blocks for Gamma-Ray Astronomy for High School

This summer a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) was hosted by the Physics Department of Michigan Technological University (MTU) and the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) research group at MTU. The six week experience involved learning about the HAWC observatory and Gamma-Ray astronomy, developing five related lesson plans, and constructing a website to share the 2018 and 2019 RET lesson plans.

Please join the 2019 teachers, Matt Laird and Heather Murphy, on Friday August 9th in Rekhi Hall 214 for a presentation/demonstration highlighting the following lesson plans: Celestial Navigation, Modeling Gamma-Ray Data, Observations of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, SS433 A Journey with the Scientific Method, and Star Evolution and Gamma Ray Sources.



Heather Murphy is a high-school science teacher at Hancock High School, in Hancock Michigan. An MTU alumni graduating with a BS 2002 (major Biology minor General Science), and MSASE 2017, with Secondary Education Teaching Certificates in Biology (DA) 6-12, Science (DX) 6-12, Physics (2500), A.P. Physics- College Board, and A.P. Biology- College Board.

Matt Laird is a high-school science teacher at Lake Linden - Hubbell High School. A MTU alumni graduating in 2014 with a BS in Applied Geophysics and 2016 with a MS in Geophysics and a Science (DX) 6-12 certification.



Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Rekhi Hall, 214
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

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