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2013-2014 HHMI Nobel Conference Lesson Plans

Master teachers from ten Minnesota high schools have developed lesson plans specifically for the 2013 Nobel Conference on “The Universe at Its Limits." The "Introductory Lesson" materials can be used to prepare students for viewing the conference in person or via the online streaming of video (both live and after the conference) that will be available on the Nobel Conference website.

The remaining curriculum materials focus on content connected to the research of one or more of the speakers. Included in each lesson is a listing of the Minnesota State Science Standards addressed by the lesson. High school teachers and other educators are free to use and modify these materials to support their studies. If you have questions about the curriculum, comments, or suggested additions or modifications, feel free to post them in the comments section following the curriculum links.

While each curriculum piece below is labeled by the speaker it most connects to, much of the content of each piece connects to the work of several of the speakers.

This curriculum was made possible as a result of the Gustavus Adolphus College/Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Outreach Program, funded by HHMI.

Lessons Related to Speaker Topics

Speaker: George Coyne

  • An Introduction to Fr. George V. Coyne, S.J. and the Polarization of Light

Speaker: Tara Shears

  • Accelerating and Detecting the Particles of Physics! a.k.a. How do We Know There is a Higgs Boson?

Speaker: George Smoot

  • Doppler Effect - Building Background
  • The Story of the Universe: As told by the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Speaker: Frank Wilczek

  • Interactions of Quarks and Gluons in a Proton

Speaker: Frank Wilczek, Tara Shears, Jim Gates, Samuel Ting

  • Particles and Interactions

Speaker: Filippenko/Smoot
(The Expansion of the Universe)

  • The Expansion of the Universe
  • Activity #1
  • Activity #2
  • The Expansion of the Universe #1
  • The Expansion of the Universe #2

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