QuarkNet is an educational program funded by the National Science Foundation whose aim is to support science education in high schools by establishing a nation-wide science teacher network. It provides opportunities for school science teachers to learn firsthand about frontline physics research in universities, and establishes relationships between science teachers and physics professors at universities.
QuarkNet establishes 12 centers each year over the next five
years in universities and laboratories participating in hadron collider
experiments at CERN in Switzerland and Fermilab in the US.
During the first year, the center includes two high school teachers who spend the summer working with University faculty members.
The Physics Department at UF is one
of the second batch of twelve sites selected as a Quarknet Center.
Two High School science teachers from Alachua County spent the
summer of 2000 at UF participating in this
program. They are:
Vincent Lane of Bucholtz High School (Gainesville)
Gary Blaskowski of Eastside High School (Gainesville).
We are presently planning our second year of Quarknet.
This involves up to 10 teachers visiting UF for three weeks (with pay!).
If you would like to be one of these teachers, please read our
The dates for Summer 2001 are June 11th to June 29th. The mornings will include lecture and discussions on High Energy and other hot topics in physics. The afternoons will involve hands-on research activities.
last updated 21 Dec 2000