Many projects want to share knowledge on particle and astroparticle physics (in particular, cosmic ray physics), however multi-messenger astroparticle-physics is still a young research field and hardly covered in educational curricula or in outreach. The astroparticle.online project, founded in 2018 within the framework of the German-Russian Astroparticle Data Life Cycle Initiative (GRADLCI), encompasses an endeavor to address this issue.
Within the project, scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Irkutsk State University (ISU) and Moscow State University (MSU) developed a range of educational materials: articles, video lectures, tests, problems to solve, laboratory works and pre-trained neural networks for particle recognition. The project is supported by the KASCADE Cosmic-ray Data Center (KCDC) and GRADLCI data aggregation platform, where one can retrieve and analyze open scientific data from various experiments..
The main audience of the project’s activities are high school and undergraduate students. All the educational materials are available online at the project's web portal https://www.astroparticle.online/, they are used both in online and offline masterclasses organized by the project members, and also as the supplementary content by educational organizations - for example, in the ISU course 'Introduction to experimental methods in high energy astrophysics'. Over the time that the project has been operating, more than 120 students took part in its activities.
This contribution will cover the experience gained while running the project for more than 3 years now, our challenges, developments and future plans.
outreach, multi-messenger astroparticle physics, cosmic rays, GRADLCI, KASCADE, KCDC
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