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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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Picture of the "CERN experience 360" homepage

The "Experience CERN 360" web documentary (http://experience-cern360.fr) is a website in French developed by the CNRS, the CEA and the ExplorNova collaboration (CEA Irfu & iRélité/Capacités SAS) for the CERN 60th anniversary in 2014. 10 entry points...

The International Cosmic Day enables students to get in contact with astroparticle physicists to get a first insight into their research, experimental methods and everyday work as a scientist. Some questions which will be adressed are:

  • What are cosmic particles?
  • Where do...

At the Particle Physics Masterclasses participants analyse real data from CERN. If you are planning to have a Masterclass at your school or institution, it is recommendable to prepare students in advance for this event. The hand-out contains of a description of the research task, a short...

What is explored at CERN? What happens when particles collide at the LHC? What does particle physics have to do with cosmology? How was antimatter discovered and what is the Higgs-Boson? And is there any particle use of practical physics? This package of material gives answers to these and many...

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.

Hangout with CERN (Wednesdays at 17:00 CET)

Buried 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to high energies and then collides them in four different underground halls. Inside...

Education & Outreach in ATLAS Control Room

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

"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...

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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Showpiece of our exhibition is a spark chamber, that visualizes the continuous shower of cosmic particles. Various displays and models explain the basics of particle physics, modern experiments (emphasizing Austrian contributions) and applications in hi-tech and medicine.
As part of the...

The CMS collaboration welcomed a class of French high school students to the CERN facility in Meyrin, Switzerland on the 12 of March, 2012.  Students spent the day meeting with physicists, hearing talks, asking questions, and participating in a hands-on exercise using real data collected by the...

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...

10 min video explaining the history, the purpose and the day of the masterclasses.
Interviews with:
- the current and past moderators from CERN
- the students from France, Austria and the USA
- interviews with a french teacher
- interview with the creator of the CMS...

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...

International Particle Physics Masterclasses (MC) have become a phenomenon. 8000 high school students from 22 countries evaluate real LHC data at 99 universities across the world every year.
From my point of view it is an extremely successful event. However, it is only a one day thing. We...

International Particle Physics Masterclasses (MC) is a successful event for high school students. MC has 3 key elements: lectures, execises with real data from CERN and videoconference.
Astronomy Masterclass (AM) in Slovakia was a test if this MC format could work in a different field. The...

In order to improve the knowledge of the cultural diversity of the town of Meyrin, Switzerland (close to the main CERN site) organized an activity for children and parents called "Ethnopoly". CERN took part in the event as the next door neighbour and a big and multicultural orgnisation.
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"Codename Eurostar" is the first film of the series‘Colliding Particles." Gavin, Jon and Adam have a cunning plan to find the Higgs Boson, an elusive particle which physicists have been trying to find for over 40 years. One of the main aims of the the LHC is to discover once and for all whether...

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 short film interviews scientists from around the world working in the ATLAS collaboration. Questions asked range from what they do on ATLAS to hobbies and how individuals were drawn to becoming physicists. Provides an overview of interviewees motivations and aspirations for working on ATLAS...

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