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Announcing: Winners of the 2018 Particles4U Competition

Congratulations to all participants of this year's Particles4U Competition. We received a total of 77 entries from 15 countries spanning the globe: Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, France, Greece, Iran, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.

The jury was impressed by the quality of the projects and found it very difficult to decide on the winners. The criteria applied for the final selection were: quality, originality, participation, physics, feasibility, and overall impact of the project. Two winners were selected from each category.

Primary School (Age 12 and under) Winners

2nd and 6th Primary Schools of Artemida, Athens, Greece

The Quark Show

Students from the 2nd and 6th primary schools of Artemida, a region near AthensGreece combined particle physics with humor and to imagine a dialogue among particles. Thier video is called "The Quark Show."

  • Award: A school visit from a particle physicist, an award certificate, and a special gift from CERN for each of the participants.

St. Kliment Ohridski Primary School of Pavlikeni, Bulgaria

Particle Poster from St. Kliment Ohridski Primary School

Two young students from the St. Kliment Ohriski primary school in Pavlikeni, Bulgaria, developed posters that describe the fundamental building blocks of nature, to be used in primary school for educational purposes.

  • Award: A school visit from a particle physicist, an award certificate, and a special gift from CERN for each of the participants.

Secondary School (Age 13 and up) Winners

Ľudovíta Štúra high school in Zvolen, Slovakia

Ion Trap from Zvolen SlovakiaTwo students from the Ľudovíta Štúra high school in Zvolen, Slovakia constructed a low-cost Paul ion trap and then demonstrated the trapping of ions using green laser light. They developed an instruction booklet with physics explanations.

  • Award: A school visit from a particle physicist, an award certificate, and a CosmicPi detector for the school, for detecting and measuring cosmic rays.

Maria Regina Gymnasium in Vienna, Austria

Vienna Particle Chocolates

Pupils of class 6C of the Gymnasium Maria Regina in Vienna produced chocolates, cookies, chewing-gum, handkerchiefs, bottles, etc, decorated with funny and imaginative illustrations on elementary particles, including information on the particles. 

  • Award: A school visit from a particle physicist, an award certificate, and a CosmicPi detector for the school, for detecting and measuring cosmic rays.