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Be a physicist- Dans la peau d'un chercheur-En el piel de un investigator

" Product of CERN, the University of Geneva, CERN, the Department of Education of the Canton of Geneva, the French Education Ministry and PhysiScope.
First lesson with mysteries boxes
" Product of CERN, the University of Geneva, CERN, the Department of Education of the Canton of Geneva, the French Education Ministry and PhysiScope.
Investigations with an empty box
First lesson with mysteries boxes
Investigations with an empty box

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The "Be a Physicist " project targets schoolchildren aged 9 to 12 and their teachers. The pupils are required to adopt an investigative procedure similar to that used by scientists. A teacher's guide accompanying the project provides theoretical background material and practical information for use in the classroom. Launched at CERN in 2011, the project is the result of close collaboration between five entities from Geneva and the neighbouring area of France: the University of Geneva, CERN, the Department of Education of the Canton of Geneva, the French Education Ministry and PhysiScope.

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At CERN, some 10,000 physicists are investigating elementary particles that cannot be seen by the naked eye. The schoolchildren taking part in the project conduct investigations, just like the physicists, on sealed boxes containing unknown objects. To work out what's inside, they have to proceed through a series of hypotheses and experiments.

Throughout the project, the classes are invited to produce written material and to use a website that allows them to compare ideas, share their thoughts and put questions to the scientists. The teachers can also organized a visit in a science lab close to their school to meet scientists and discuss their investigations with them. 

 

A classroom kit is available for 99 CHF. It contains a teaching manual, opaque bags containing the objects to discover, unfolded boxes and an X-ray image. For more information: stephan.petit@cern.ch
Post date: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 — 10:59
Updated date: Wed, May 27, 2015 — 18:16

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What is a hypothesis, a piece of data and what is proof? How do you carry out an experiment? How do you disseminate its results?
These are the types of questions that the children and their teachers will be invited to ask.

“Be a physicist” is designed to introduce pupils aged 9 to 12 years to the sorts of questions that scientists have to ask. Pupils and teachers will be inducted into the methods of scientific research by carrying out investigations on mysterious boxes. In addition, the project will enable pupils to experience the benefits of cooperation with each other and with scientists.