Discovering cosmic rays with OCRA: outreach activities for students and teachers


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Discussion timeslot (ZOOM-Meeting): 16. July 2021 - 18:00
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'The Outreach Cosmic Ray Activities (OCRA) project offers a platform for all outreach activities focusing on cosmic rays within the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN). Created in 2018, OCRA now counts 21 of the institute’s divisions all over Italy as members. The project’s core activity is the participation of all its members in the International Cosmic Day, organized by DESY, inviting high school students to carry out hands-on measurements of the cosmic ray flux and learn about the related physics background. Two students from each division are then selected to participate in the annual OCRA science camp, a three-day full immersion into the life of a physicist. rnThe national activities are complemented by local initiatives of the OCRA member groups: workshops and secondments, science competitions and the development of new detectors for outreach activities offer a multitude of possibilities for students to engage with our researchers and to explore the world of cosmic rays. rnSince spring of 2020 OCRA offers also a series of online laboratories on its website, designed not only to be used by students individually but also to be offered in the classroom by teachers. rnThis talk will give an overview on all activities offered by OCRA with a particular focus on the 2020 online event organized in occasion of the International Cosmic Day, that saw the participation of more than 3000 students.'

Authors: Sabine Hemmer | Carla Aramo | Elisabetta Bissaldi | Valerio Bocci | Bianca Bottino | Mario Buscemi | Lorenzo Caccianiga | Gabriella Cataldi | Francesco Dimiccoli | Federico Di Pierro | Carmelo Evoli | Alessia Giampaoli | Giuseppe La Vacca | Alessandro Menegolli | Silvia Miozzi | Fabio Morsani | Riccardo Munini | Riccardo Paoletti | Davide Rozza | Marco Schioppa | Nicola Tomassetti | Elena Vannuccini | For the OCRA Collaboration
Collaboration: OCRA

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Presenter: Sabine Hemmer

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