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Cascade Outreach Competitions for schools - an efficient way to introduce Particle Physics to many students

Cascade outreach competition for schools - University of Birmingham
Cascade Competitions - University of Birmingham
Cascade Competitions - University of Birmingham

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We have found that a Cascade competition is a very efficient way to introduce Particle Physics concepts and experiments to a wide range of students. Small groups of students research, prepare and deliver a short presentation to other students or produce a short video. The students learn and practise many skills including presentational skills and team working.

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The Particle Physics group at the University of Birmingham has tried many different formats for Outreach competitions
over recent years. We have found that a Cascade competition is a very efficient way to introduce Particle Physics
concepts and experiments to a wide range of students. Small groups of students research, prepare and deliver a short
presentation to other students. We describe variations on the format of this type of competition and include some
examples from our winning entries. All the material that we have used for these competitions is freely available on
the web which we hope will make it easier for more groups to try similar competitions in the future.
The name Cascade emphasises that the competition aims to introduce and inform many students about Particle
Physics. However relatively limited time is required from researchers and teachers to enable this. The students
research the material themselves and give their presentations, which often include novel demonstrations well matched
to the target age group, to younger students or students of their own age. The participants also gain valuable experience
in teamwork from the challenge of producing and delivering a clear and interesting talk by all members of the team,
as well as improving their own understanding of the subject during the process.

Post date: Mon, Oct 27, 2014 — 16:13
Updated date: Thu, Nov 13, 2014 — 14:31

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Standard Model