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e-Labs: Online Student Investigations Using Grid Techniques

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We describe a website that uses grid computing techniques to support the collaborative learning of high school students doing scientific investigations. Students gather and upload science data to our e-Lab portal or use data provided by scientific collaborations. They explore those data using techniques from the GriPhyN collaboration. These techniques include virtual data transformations, workflows, metadata cataloging and indexing, data product provenance and persistence, as well as job planners for execution locally and on the grid. Students use web browsers and a custom interface that extends the GriPhyN Chiron portal to perform all of these tasks. They share results in the form of online posters and ask each other questions in this asynchronous environment. Students can discover and extend the research of other students, modeling the processes of modern large-scale scientific collaborations. Also, the e-Lab portal provides tools for teachers to guide student work throughout an investigation.

<strong>Authors:</strong> Elizabeth Quigg
<strong>Institution:</strong> Fermilab

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