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Past Workshops

Teacher ECLOUD Workshop

October 8-10, 2010
Cornell University, Statler Hotel

High school physics, astronomy and technology teachers are invited to campus from October 8-10th to participate in a series of lectures and workshops as part of the ECLOUD'10 workshop.

Lectures will include introductory talks on the International Linear Collider, the Large Hadron Collider, the Accelerator program at Cornell, and the applications of accelerators and beams. Two workshops with a hands-on component will be offered through the Cornell Institute for Physics Teachers.

Please view the ECLOUD Teacher Workshop Agenda for details on the multiple-day event.

Dr. Julia Thom's presentation, "The Future of High Energy Physics: The Large Hadron Collider and the International Linear Collider" can be downloaded here.

Educators are encouraged to connect with researchers by participating in the opening reception, attending the public lecture, and taking part in the guided tour of the Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory, Cornell's particle accelerator facility.

Other Past Workshops

Cornell Science Sampler Series

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Cornell Weill Medical College

The workshop on March 20th was geared towards Middle & High School science teachers. LEPP/CLASSE hosted a workshop on magnets and Maglev systems:

  • The Attraction is Obvious: Magnets and Maglevs (Physics) Using the engineering design process participants will discover how the properties of magnets can be manipulated to build a miniature maglev transportation system.

Cornell Science Sampler Series

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
Weill Cornell Medical College

CSSS is a collaboration between several of the outreach offices of Cornell's research centers and departments. It provides teacher professional development in the areas of science, engineering, technology and math.

The workshop on October 17th was geared towards elementary and middle school science teachers. LEPP/CLASSE hosted a workshop on exploring light:

  • Making Waves: Exploring Visible Light (Physics) Learn about the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum by investigating the wave-like properties of light while experimenting with diffraction gratings and color filters.

For more information about Cornell Science Sampler Series, please visit

Rural Schools, Local Knowledge, and Classroom Science:

An Educational Forum & Field Experience for High-Needs Rural School Teachers


July 6th-July 8th, 2009
Hosted by Leanne Avery (SUNY Oneonta) & Julia Thom (Cornell University)

During this workshop, teachers engaged in hands-on activities that focused on science and engineering in the context of rural life. They explored how to validate students local rural knowledge and how to use the activities presented to encourage students to learn about the nature of science - all while meeting NYS Science, Technology and Engineering standards!

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Cornell Science Sampler Series

Weill Medical College, Manhattan NY

Throughout the year, the Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics co-hosts a series of hands-on workshops for science teachers. Staff, faculty and graduate students from various science departments across campus collaborate to bring professional development workshops to elementary-high school teachers as part of this on-going series at Weill Medical College. Below is a list of the STEM Outreach groups that have participated in the Cornell Science Sampler Series since its inception in 2007.

Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics
Cornell Center for Materials Research
Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers
Cornell Institute for Physics Teachers
Cornell Center Radiophysics and Space Research
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Paleontological Research Institute - Museum of the Earth

Joint Topical Symposium on Accelerator-based Sciences

2008 Workshop

The New York State Sections of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers along with Cornell University provided members of the physics community as well as undergraduate students and secondary science teacher the opprotunity to attend a series of presentations and workshops on the topic of accelerator-based sciences. Please visit the APS/AAPT Joint Symposium web page for additional details.

Preparing Future Physics Teachers

2006 Workshop, Cornell University

Cornell University hosted a workshop during the summer in order to examine the nation-wide shortage of qualified physics teacher and the role higher learning institutions could play in alleviating this shortage. LEPP invited individuals who are actively involved in this effort to present at the workshop and share their knowledge and experience with an audience of university and college physics department representatives.

Exploring Physics First

2003 Workshop, Cornell University