Extreme Energy Events
Science inside Schools (EEE), is a joint educational and scientific initiative studying cosmic rays. This strategic project of Centro Fermi, Rome is conducted in collaboration with CERN, INFN and MIUR and carried out with the essential contribution of high school students and teachers. The physics research interests include the properties of the local muon flux, the detection of extensive air showers, and the search for possible long range correlations between far telescopes. The experiment is based on a network of "telescopes," the most advanced particle detectors (Multigap Resistive Plate Chambers, MRPC), built at CERN by teams of students and teachers. Telescopes are located in high schools distributed throughout Italy and are controlled by students. Currently, about 50 telescopes are taking data, and more than 90 institutes are analyzing data. Data from all telescopes are centrally collected, reconstructed and distributed to the students. Regular videoconferences, masterclasses, meetings and visits are organized with the involvement of all institutes. More than 50 billion tracks have been collected and are presently studied by students and professional researchers. The project is expanding with the construction of new telescopes.