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A programme to impart knowledge of and enthusiasm for particle physics to essentially all non-expert target audiences by the use of LEGO bricks and models of particle physics experiments built from these.

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A Question of Survival

This presentation was given at TEDxTUM 2015 in front of a large public audience and was recorded and published on the TEDxTUM site, as well as on their YouTube channel.  It attempts to answer the question of why we do basic research by describing it as a necessary facet of human survival.

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This material was used for the 3rd annual CERN @Montreux Physics of Music / Music of Physics Workshop.  The workshops are held every year in the Petit Casino during the Montreux Jazz Festival.  These are from July, 2015.

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My Life As A Proton

The talk was given to a public audience at Le Scandale in Geneva (21 May 2014), during an event called Pint of Science.  The talk tells the story of a proton from birth in the Big Bang to joining the LHC, including all of the embarrassing steps in between.

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For over ten years primary and junior high schools have been visiting the Frascati National Laboratories (LNF) of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear
Physics (INFN), welcomed by willing searchers who accompany them to...

Video about the ALICE experiment at LHC, done in 2006, during the construction and installation phase of the experiment. It describes the experiment and its quest for the quark gluon plasma, the primordial state of matter which existed fractions of a second after the big bang and recreated by...

This online tool gives you a sense of scale for large particle accelerators. You can choose to place a ring of the size of the LHC, Tevatron or FCC on a map of your local area.

Take screenshots to use in your presentations when you visit other cities, to show the locals how big the LHC...

These slides were used to introduce three different musical acts that were influenced by the physics of the LHC at CERN, the Voyager missions to the edge of the solar system, and cosmic rays from the far cosmos.  The images might be interesting for anyone making a presentation.

On the 4th of July 2012, CERN announced the discovery of a new particle, compatible with the Higgs boson. This video (in English and then French at 6:15) describes this important discovery and explains what are the Higgs field and the Higgs boson. 

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Affiche A0 qui s’adresse au grand public, qui explique ce qu’est le mécanisme Brout-Englert-Higgs, le boson de Higgs, pourquoi c’est important, comment on peut le chercher, comment s’est déroulée la découverte et qu’est-ce qui vient après la découverte. Aussi disponible en version anglaise. Pour...

Download the Poster via CDS at CERN: http://cds.cern.ch/record/1697389

A0 Poster targeted to general public, explaining the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism, the Higgs boson, why it is important, how we look for it, the journey of the discovery and what comes after the discovery. Produced by the ATLAS outreach group at CERN. Also available in French. Download the...

This was one of the CERN workshops at the Expanding your Horizons event in Geneva (www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/geneva/). Similar initiative than the one presented here:...

Liquid Nitrogen workshop performed by CERN at the Expanding Your Horizons event in Geneva (http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/geneva/).

 

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This is one of the workshops that CERN performed at the Expanding your Horizons event in Geneva (www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/geneva/). It can be performed in any high energy physics outreach event illustrating...

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Let's Begin…

In 2012, scientists at CERN discovered evidence of the Higgs boson. The what? The Higgs boson is one of two types of fundamental particles and is a particular game-changer in the field of particle physics, proving how particles gain mass. Using the Socratic method, CERN ...

A simple presentation to explain the excitement surrounding the discovery of the Higgs boson. Borrows heavily from other presentations but adds lots of animation. Two versions are included: one is in English only; the other is in English and traditional Chinese. Talk was given in Taiwan in...

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Il y a 8 cartes postales en tout. Chacune comporte au recto un dessin de Lison Bernet (http://lisonbernet.illustrateur.org,
http://lisonbernet.ultra-book.com) et au verso un petit texte...

First lesson with mysteries boxes

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...

I'm a physicist: a career-day talk for 6th graders

I gave a career-day talk geared for 6th graders at Greenfield Public School in Philadelphia.  The presentation took about 20 minutes (with questions).  Follow-up questions took another 30 minutes.  It was given to Mr. Bentz's class on June 7, 2013.

ATLAS Virtual Visit

Abstract. The newfound ability of Social Media to transform public communication back to a conversational nature provides HEP with a powerful tool for Outreach and Communication. By far, the most effective component of nearly any visit or public event is that fact that the...

"Dans la peau d'un chercher" or "Becoming a Scientist" is a program for primary schools in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland and the neighboring Pays de Gex, France. The project aims to educate children from 9 to 12 years on what it is really like to be a scientist searching for answers to the...

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Cards represent the elementary fermions and bosons. Each particle has its own card which displays some information about its properties: electric charge, mass, lifetime, sensitivity to the weak and strong interactions. The game rules are those chosen by Nature (with some simplification when...

The website provides a summary of how teachers, physicists, education staff and exhibit professionals designed and built a permanent exhibition about Fermilab's science and technology. The story we wrote to guide our work is posted as are descriptions and photos of all the exhibits.
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Nino the neutrino travels from the Sun to the Earth with his friends (like a proton and a photon). But not everyone arrives to the INFN Lab's of Gran Sasso in Italy. And someone even can't stop there!
This funny cartoon shows the properties of the neutrinos. It's in Italian with English...

A simple application that allows user to zoom out to the infinitely big, and zoom into the infinitely small, allowing the user to understand the scale of things in our universe.
This tool is great for classrooms as well as for anyone who just wants to play and learn!
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ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb interviews colleague Fabiola Gianotti, ATLAS spokesperson. In this interview, Gianotti describes in simple terms the complexity of ATLAS construction and what it is designed to do. Topics covered include the numbers in the ATLAS collaboration, detector...

ATLAS is one of the largest and most complex science instruments ever built, designed to measure and identify particles coming from particle collisions. One of the most important measurements it makes is that of the energy of the particles. Stephen Goldfarb, ATLAS physicist (U of Michigan, USA)...

 

The ATLAS detector on the LHC will give us more and more data on particle collisions than has ever before been collected. How do ATLAS scientists select and keep the data that is important to them? In this interview by ATLAS's Steven Goldfarb (U Michigan), Wengler describes in simple...

 

In ATLAS, the very first component that is reached by colliding particles is the inner detector. As particles collide, their tracks, momentum and charge must be measured with the highest degree of precision. In this interview by ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb of colleague Pippa Wells...

 

The ATLAS detector is built with several layers designed to study different types of particles. At the outer-most layer lies the Muon spectrometer. ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb (U of Michigan, USA) interviews Ludovico Pontecorvo, ATLAS Muon System Project Leader to find out how the...

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Join the ATLAS Experiment on a fascinating journey to the beginnings of the universe. This pop-up book brings to life one of science's biggest adventures: the extraordinary quest to discover what the universe is made of, where it came from and how it works. Price 30 Swiss Francs. UK and US...

Expand Your Horizons is an international organization with the goal of promoting science and technology careers to young girls. In November of 2011, the second "Expand Your Horizons" conference in Geneva took place. This is an interactive workshop where 250 girls aged 9-14 years from France and...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #9 "The Big Bang in the Tunnel" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Created by DESY in Germany, it teaches how linear accelerators work. Exhibit visitors are invited to try the accelerator themselves.
It has been rebuilt (with small...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #9 "The Big Bang in the Tunnel" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Created by DESY in Germany, it teaches how large circular accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider work.
For more information on the exhibition or related exhibits,...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #6 "Where is the Antimatter?" of the exhibition "Weltmaschine". It teaches exhibit visitors how similar yet different matter and antimatter are by representing each with a box of sand.
The module consists of two transparent, containers...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #5 "What is the origin of mass?" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Built by TU Dresden and University of Würzburg.
Drawings can be obtained from Technische Universität Dresden (contact: Michael Kobel)
In this apparatus, paddles...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #6 "Where is the Antimatter?" of the exhibition "Weltmaschine". It explains the superposition of two stable states as the cause of particle-antiparticle mixtures.
For more information on the exhibition or related exhibits, see related...

This project was conducted jointly by CERN and 20 primary school classes from the Pays de Gex and the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland in June 2010. The six-month project had the goal of educating schoolchildren about the profession of research scientist and the world of research. Some 400...

For the project grenzgenial we developed this exhibit, which allows to interactively adjust the energy of the LHC. Displays inform about the current speed and energy of the protons, animations show the movement of the particles.
 
This model illustrates in a scientificly correct way...

Website here: http://www.quarked.org/
[The paragraphs below are extracts from the Quarked! website.]
The Quarked! project was conceived by Professor Alice Bean and a diverse team of collaborators at the University of Kansas in 2003 as an...

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This fact sheet highlights the importance of supporting particle physics research and experiments. Resulting technologies and knowledge is directly applicable to improving our daily lives. Concrete examples given here include advancements in Medicine, Homeland...

1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) fact sheet. Information provided gives a brief overview of the US CMS Remote Operations and Monitoring Centers as well as the US ATLAS Remote Monitoring Rooms. Subjects covered include mechanisms used (software, communication) shifts, locations and role of remote centers...

 
1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) fact sheet. Provides a short introduction to the US contribution to computing including the tier system and computing grid world-wide. Includes a bullet point list of facts on the US LHC computing centers and the Open Science Grid.
 
US LHC computing...

A 1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) fact sheet. Includes a map of the United States with dots showing the locations of all institutes in the USA involved in the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments. An alphabetical list of institutions by State is also included.
 
For this file as well as...

A 1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) Includes a brief introduction to the Large Hadron Collider followed by factual data on the following:
Number of US participants
Number of US Institutions involved
US States involved
US cost
US construction contributions
US operation...

 

A 2 page/double sided A4 brochure. This brochure introduces the LHCb detector on the LHC at CERN. Topics covered include a brief introduction to LHCb on the LHC, the fundamental questions it seeks to answer, detector parts and their purpose and basics on the collaboration.
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Titled "CMS Particle Hunter," this colorful comic book style brochure explains to young budding scientists and science enthusiasts in colorful animation how the CMS detector was made, its main parts, and what scientists hope to find using this complex tool. Book invites young students to get...

The movie is to be regarded as "proof of concept" - it features footage filmed in the LHC tunnel and at CMS with a simple pocket 3D camera (Fujifilm Real 3D W1), and some animations done with Adobe Effects.
It exists in several versions, differing in length (4-15 minutes) and the intro....

Through hand drawn illustrations, this video creatively explains the basics on what we know about dark matter. Contents of this video are based on what the author learned during a conversation with physicists Daniel Whiteson and Jonathan Feng about Dark Matter and how CERN's collider is helping...

Look at telescope pictures of the Milky Way, and you’ll see countless stars, representing enormous mass. But there’s even more mass there that you can’t see! This Interactive will help you understand how scientists know that. Set up a galaxy with no dark matter, and look at the speeds of the...

In 2009 twelve high school students won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair's "Best of Category" Award. The prize? A trip to Geneva, Switzerland to explore CERN. This short film made by one of the student winners, Eliza McNitt, documents these young scientists' experiences on...

The ATLAS detector is a highly sophisticated and complex tool. ATLAS physicist Stephen Goldfarb (U of Michigan) interviews colleague Benedetto Gorini, ATLAS Commissioning /Run Coordinator. In this interview, Gorini explains to viewers the ATLAS control room's role in ensuring the proper...

The ATLAS experiment will provide scientists with a lot of data which then must be analyzed and shared with the public. What does this process entail? In this interview by ATLAS physicist Steven Goldfarb (U of Michigan, USA), ATLAS Physics Coordinator Tom leCompte answers this important question...

The ATLAS detector on the LHC will give us more and more data on particle collisions than has ever before been collected. Out of all of this data collected how do ATLAS scientists select the data that is really important to them? In this interview by ATLAS's Steven Goldfarb (U Michigan), Chris...

This interview of Dario Barberis, Computing Coordinator for ATLAS on the LHC at CERN is conducted by ATLAS colleague Steven Goldfarb, (U of Michigan, USA). Subjects covered in this interview include:
 
a. a brief description of how much data is collected, how much data is stored as a...

The NBI Colliderscope is a light-artwork placed on the facade of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. The work of art is connected directly to the world's largest physics experiment just outside Geneva, Switzerland.  The idea of the artwork is to create a direct sensuous and intuitive...

This slice shows a colorful cross-section of the CMS detector with all parts of the detector labelled. Viewers are invited to click on buttons associated with five types of particles to see what happens when each type interacts with the sections of the detector. The five types of particles users...

This short video for general audiences gives an overview of the LHCb experiment located on the Large Hadron Collider based at CERN. The video is narrated by LHCb physicist Tara Shears and includes comments and explanations by CERN's Andrei Golutvin (LHCb Spokesperson), Susanne Koblitz (LHCb...

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This book traces the stories of some of the more than 2000 technicians, engineers and physicists from 37 countries as they assemble the ATLAS detector on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN documenting every step with photos. This glossy, full-color hard cover book measures 25.5 cm X 24.5 cm. 168...

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500 piece puzzle of a photo of the detector, made by Ravensburger.
The puzzle can be purchased at the ATLAS Secretariat, Building 40, CERN, Switzerland.
Prices:
1 box @ 15 CHF a box
2 boxes @ 14 CHF a box
3 boxes @ 13 CHF a box
4 boxes @ 12 CHF a box
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Printed copies available by special order only. For further information contact:
A poster containing a collage of black and white portraits of women working on CMS along side a color photo of the CMS detector.
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A CD of Music composed and performed by members of the ATLAS collaboration.
In 2008 to celebrate completion of the detector, musicians within the ATLAS collaboration gave several high quality performances to enthusiastic audiences. Following this success, the idea for an ATLAS musical cd...

2-sided color print A4 size sheet containing the facts on the CMS Detector, its name, what it is designed to do, questions scientists hope to answer, collaboration members, detector parts and their functions, and other miscellaneous facts on the CMS detector. Printed copies of the English...

An interactive place "for everybody to learn about grid computing." This colorful interactive offers users information, games and on-line resources at a click on the following subjects:
 
-Grid Computing in 30
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-Five Big Ideas
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Cotton short-sleeved T-shirt with an image of a colourful particle collision on the back.
Colour: Black
Sizes: 9-11 years, 12-13 years, S, M, L, XL
Price: 15 CHF
 
For Sale through the CMS Secretariat, CERN, Switzerland.
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Ideal for use as an attractive paperweight, decorative object, souvenir or present. Size: 5x5x12 cm, comes with presentation box.
These special, unique items are on sale only at the ATLAS Secretariat, CERN Switzerland.
40 Swiss Francs.
 

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An animation created of an actual ATLAS heavy ion collision event in 2010.
Duration: 1 min 12 Sec
To view or download this file, go here to the ATLAS website:   http://www.atlas.ch/multimedia/html-nc/...

A song written about the ATLAS experiment. Includes interesting facts about the experiment sung by members of the ATLAS Collaboration. Good for young and old(er) audiences.
Duration: 4 min 13 sec
Produced October 2010
CERN Copyright
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A rap song co-produced by American free-lance journalist and editor of the Atlas e-news at CERN, Katie Mc Alpine and Will Barras, student. Released in July 2008, this rap song explains to a beat what the LHC is and what its experiments are studying.
See here on Youtube:...

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Titled "LHCb - the Collaboration in Photos," this 77 page color photo book describes the LHCb experiment and its collaboration. Readers enjoy a straight forward written explanation with photos of how this international endeavor became a reality. Topics covered include how the idea for the...

This bright and colorful book uses quirky art, humor, and good science to drive its points home for a general audience. Subjects covered include:
1. Our universe
2. LHC-what it is, how it works, what it studies
3. Dark Energy
4. The scientific process
5. A bit about...

Color image of the CMS detector with parts clearly labeled. Some versions of the Poster include parts labeled and short explanations of each part's main function. 
2010 Version
 

Color image of the CMS detector with parts clearly labeled. Some versions of the Poster include parts labeled and short explanations of each part's main function. See related document for other versions.
Produced 2010

A typical event display from the LHCb experiment on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Event was taken in May 2010.

"Drôle de Physique" is a collection of 6 hands-on activities started by CERN's James Gillies and now available for schools on request. These activities designed for young audiences are currently carried out in CERN's Microcosm where a platform has been devoted to them. The Drôle de Physique...

Video based on displays of lead-lead collisions from the ALICE experiment at LHC, with soundtrack using distorted bass guitar and image sonification.
 
More information about it can be found at http://alicematters.web.cern.ch...

Cartoon on the ALICE experiment, the detector and the physics

This presentation describes CERN, particle physics and the LHC to younger audiences (featuring helicopters and dinosaurs!)
As it is aimed at 14-18 year olds, the presentation is rather basic.
Indeed it can also be easily adapted for younger audiences (e.g. 10-11) by omitting slides...

A short, very clever and funny video clip showing a student's science exhibit. This is an ad for the 2011 Google Science Fair on-line competition which runs until 4 April, 2011. The point of the video is to show how science is fun and connects the world. Could be used in talks to young audiences...

This colorful 3D animation is an excerpt from the film "ATLAS-Episode II, The Particles Strike Back." Shot with a bug's eye view of the inside of the detector. The viewer is shown the inner, middle and outer sections of the ATLAS detector. The narrator describes how different parts of the...

This is a short video produced for young audiences to explain what steps scientists go through to make their discoveries. It models this process through telling the story of French scientist Becquerel and his experiments with uranium rays in 1896. The video begins with a brief introduction to...

This is a popular science show series in France produced by France 3 and Riff International Production. Two men travel around the country in their mobile science lab to explain the mysteries of our world. In this episode they visit Geneva, Switzerland to study what we are all made of (matter)....

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An award winning card game to learn about particles from the standard model. The set includes a book of games with playing cards included. The book explains rules to several different games that can be played of different complexity and for different age groups. Rules of the games follow the...

TOTEM Photographic Poster

Includes an illustration of the CMS detector surrounded by cross-sections of its parts with brief explanations of each of their functions. Also includes a short explanation of what CMS aims to identify and measure at the LHC.
Published in 2006.
Printed copies available for English,...

This colorful 3D animation is an excerpt from the film "ATLAS-Episode II, The Particles Strike Back." Shot with a bug's eye view of the inside of the detector. The viewer is taken on a tour of the inner workings of the electromagnetic calorimeter. Topics covered include an explanation of what...

This colorful 3D animation is an excerpt from the film "ATLAS-Episode II, The Particles Strike Back." Shot with a bug's eye view of the inside of the detector. Topics covered include what the Hadronic Calorimeter measures, what types of particles are hadrons, what the calorimeter is made of,...

A 7-minute animation showing the construction of the main structural components of CMS in the surface hall at Cessy, together with a brief overview of the installation in the experimental cavern.
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This 17-minute long animation shows the construction of the main structural components of CMS in the surface hall in Cessy and offers a detailed overview of the installation in the experimental cavern.
Produced by: CERN Multimedia Production Unit
Director: Silvano de Gennaro
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This colorful 3D animation is an excerpt from the film "ATLAS-Episode II, The Particles Strike Back." Shot with a bug's eye view of the inside of the detector. The viewer is taken on a tour of the inner workings of the detector, seeing critical pieces of the detector and hearing short...

A virtual tour guided around the CMS assembly site in Cessy by CMS physicist David Barney.
 
Produced November 2006
Duration: 32 minutes

A colorful 3D illustration of the CMS Detector. Just the image is included. No labels or explanations included.

This animation provides a step-by-step explanation of how the Large Hadron Collider works and what happens to the particles within it. This explanation includes basic concepts of the reason for the LHC's shape, its parts, the use of magnets and its super cooling system. The animation concludes...

This sporty tour of the CMS experiment is narrated in English by PhD student Alison Lister. Perched on her mountain bike, Alison rides around CERN giving an overview of the basics of particle physics. She then takes us on a tour of the CMS experiment and explains how CMS was constructed, housed...

This document contains three variations of the EPPOG logo. The first is the colorful group of dots with the letters EPPOG on black background, the second is the colorful group of dots on their own, and the third is the dots with the group's name spelled out completely sitting on a blue...

Particle physicists know how magnets big and small work and how they apply to our world. Students explore the relationship of magnetism and electricity and have questions answered about the power of these forces. This presentation is one of a series offered by Fermilab scientists, engineers and...

1st episode in a 3 part series that uncovers the mysteries of the ATLAS Experiment.
Produced by: Michael Barnett - Erik Johansson - Amelia Maio
Director: Joao Pequenao
Running time 7:13.
2006 CERN Copyright

ATLAS, The Particles Strike Back is the second episode in a three part series that uncovers the mysteries of the ATLAS experiment.
Produced by: Michael Barnett - Erik Johansson
Director: Joao Pequinao
14:00 min. / 2006 / CERN Copyright

Produced by and presented courtesy of Seed Magazine
 
In Seed's first exclusive short film, science communicator Alom Shaha travels underground and behind the scenes to probe the cavernous Large Hadron Collider at CERN. His tour offers a glimpse into the exciting preparations afoot...

A virtual tour of ATLAS allowing the viewer to choose where to move within the ATLAS cavern. (Low Resolution). Includes music. Main items labeled. No commentary.
http://virtualvisit.web.cern.ch/VirtualVisit/...

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