CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research

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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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DIY cloud chamber material

Particles coming from the universe are crossing the earth all the time – they are harmless but invisible to us. Cloud Chambers are detectors which make the tracks of the particles visible. Some decades ago these detectors were used at CERN in the first particle physics experiments. The following...

French version of the poster (small size)

The original version of this poster was created in France in 2014. It is the update of a previous poster designed in 2005 for the International Year of Physics. Since then, it has been translated to other langages. Additional language versions can be produced on request.

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...

ATLAS is a modern detector for elementary particles located are CERN. It allows to trace particles that are generated at proton collisions at the LHC. This package allows you to understand the fundamental principles of the detector. The main document consists of worksheets, videos, a...

Do-it-yourself cloud chamber

The cloud chamber is one of the oldest detectors for elementary particles. A simple type of a cloud chamber can be built with materials that are easy to purchase. This instruction shows how to build a cloud chamber and gives information on the traces left by particles as well as the particles...

Elementary Particle Package

The Standard Model of particle physics describes the elementary particles and their interactions. This package contains a set of cards that can be used in physics lessons or Particle Physics Masterclasses to introduce, explain and repeat the different particles. One set consists of 12 Cards of...

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...

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...

This tutorial gives a basic introduction into fundamental concepts of data analysis in HEP experiments. In the current format it has been used for a one-week course in the context of a HEP workshop and a data analysis school. It should be most useful for undergraduate students who have the basic...

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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...

Students are given sheets with images of nearly 2-dimensional dimuon events from ATLAS and CMS. They use vector addition, conservation laws, and a little relativity to calculate the mass of the Z boson. In a classroom, students are encouraged to combine results to find a consensus value of the Z...

This multiple-choice quiz is designed for High school students and will be used in the video conferences of International Masterclasses 2012.

An award winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators and particle detectors from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
 
Scientific American review: "Berkeley National Laboratory's particle...

Exercises and project propositions to be used for teaching particle physics.
Developed in connection with the CERN travelling exhibition. In Danish

The SKALTA experiment (SlovaKiAn Large-area Time coincidence Array) measures secondary cosmic rays originating from a primary particle with energy more than 10^14 eV. The experimental setup has similar architecture as the successful projects ALTA (in Canada) and CZELTA (in Czech Republic)(see...

"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...

‘Colliding Particles’ is a series of films following just one of the teams of physicists involved in the research at the LHC. The project documents their work at the frontiers of particle physics, exploring the human stories behind the research and investigating the workings of the scientific...

"Problems" is the fourth film of the series ‘Colliding Particles." 'Problems' travels to Paris for a look at some of the theoretical work behind the 'Eurostar' paper. Gavin and his PhD student Mathieu explore the mathematics behind the behaviour of fundamental particles, and we have an update on...

"Conference Season" is the third film of the series ‘"Colliding Particles." Jon travels to Philadelphia to present the Eurostar paper to ICHEP. Held every 2 years, the International Conference on High Energy Physics is the most prestigious conference in particle physics, and brings together the...

Collidonomics is the fifth video of the series "Colliding Particles." 'Collidonomics' touches on the subject of funding. We have an update on the status of the ATLAS experiment, joins Gavin in the mountains, and continues to follow the progress of the 'Eurostar' idea.
Film Duration: 9min...

"Big Bang Day" is the second film of the series ‘Colliding Particles." At 10.28am on 10 September 2008 the first beam of protons was successfully steered around the full 27 kilometres of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Adam introduces us to life at CERN and the excitement...

"Beam" is the sixth film of the series ‘Colliding Particles." 'Beam' looks at the role of competition in science and joins the night shift in the CMS detector control room.
Film Duration: 9min 52 sec.
See film here:  http://...

"Data" is the seventh and final film of the series ‘Colliding Particles." '"Data"' takes the Eurostar to Paris for the announcement of first results from the LHC. It's the culmination of over 20 years work and the first step on the road to many years of discoveries at the LHC.
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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...

Partners of the initiative are the member institutes of the section for Nuclear and Particle Physics (FAKT) of the Austrian Physical Society (ÖPG).
 
Besides coordinating the various outreach activities at the institutes, it also organizes outreach events on a national Austrian level...

This 'background material' is part of the CERN Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents). 
Here the students will find some background information on electric charge as it pertains to the particles that are relevant to this module. See related documents and corresponding weblink...

This 'background material' is part of the CERN Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents). 
This material helps the students to understand two other formulae (E=hf, and the formula for relativistic kinetic energy). This material is meant to be used in connection with the lessons "...

This 'background material' is part of the CERN Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents). 
This gives students a simple way to understand meaning behind the formula E=mc2.
 
See related documents and corresponding weblink for further information.
 
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This 'background material' is part of the CERN Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents). 
Here the students will find information on the concept of a "fundamental particle." See related documents and corresponding weblink for further information.

 
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This 'extension topic' lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the...

This 'extension topic' lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge...

This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for...

This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for...

This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for...

This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required...

This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for...

This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for students...

 
This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for students to...

This lesson plan is part of the Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents).  
Duration of lesson:  approximately 30 minutes.  ( duration may vary depending on how it is used)
 
 
Care has been taken to ensure that the mathematical knowledge required for students...

This is the first in a projected series of teaching resources from CERN whose overall aim is to stimulate interest in science by introducing themes in modern physics at earlier stages than is the practice in most national curricula. They are aimed at students aged 14-15 years (corresponding to...

This 'background material' is part of the CERN Anti-Matter Teaching Module (see related documents). 
This material gives the students an understanding of how physicists can use units of energy for expressing the mass of particles. See related documents and corresponding weblink for further...

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