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High School Dark Matter Workshop

Event Details

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Location: Stirling Hall, 64 Bader Lane, Kingston

Date: November 4, 2023

Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Dark Matter Day workshop poster advertising the program,

Free High School Workshop

Come join us for an engaging afternoon on dark matter! a collection of scientists and educators at the McDonald Institute at Queen’s University are running a free afternoon workshop for high school students covering the essence of science, the astronomical evidence of dark matter, how particle detectors work and led to our understanding of the standard model of physics. We will then dive deep into the Earth to take a close look at SNOLAB, the underground science facility where detectors are looking for dark matter. We’ll conclude with a tour of the visitor centre and labs and then invite you to stay for some free pizza and chat with other interested students and ask questions of our scientists.

The workshop will end in time for students to join the Dark Matter Day lecture starting at 7pm.

To apply: Please send us an email at with the subject “Dark Matter Day Workshop” and tell us:

  • Your name
  • Your grade & school
  • What physics you have taken already
  • Why you are interested in the workshop
  • Any dietary constraints

Tentative Schedule:

  • 1:00 – 1:30 pm : Welcome and Introduction to Science and Inference
  • 1:30 – 2:00 pm : Astronomy & Dark Matter
  • 2:00 – 2:15 pm : Q&A and Break
  • 2:15 – 2:45 pm : Particle Physics and the Standard Model
  • 2:45 – 3:15 pm : Dark Matter Detection and Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPS)
  • 3:15 – 3:30 pm : Q&A and Break
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm : SNOLAB: A world-class underground science facility
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm : Theory and the future of particle physics
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm : McDonald Institute Visitor Centre & Particle Physics Lab Tours
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm : Pizza Lunch (provided) and extended Q&A and discussion

Download the poster here [jpeg 524kb].