Secondary School Students (Ages 12-18)
The ATLAS Experiment encourages high-school students to learn more about High-Energy Physics. Students take part in International Masterclasses, learning to analyse LHC data with the help of current ATLAS physicists. Schools around the world take part in ATLAS Virtual Visits. From home, students can download ATLAS analysis tools to further their understanding of particle physics experiments.
Be a particle physicist for a day by participating in the hands-on analysis of real ATLAS data. The Particle Physics Masterclasses include exercises that allow students to select events and learn key concepts of analysis. These classes are typically led by a researcher from the collaboration working with local teachers, but can be downloaded and run anywhere.
The annual International Physics Masterclasses join classrooms from around the world in a day-long programme than culminates in a videoconference for discussion and combination of results. Join an event near you.
Explore the ATLAS Control Centre in an ATLAS Virtual Visit! These visits connect classrooms with scientists located at the ATLAS experiment using video conferencing. It is a chance for students (and their teachers!) to have a conversation with the scientists working on ATLAS.
Encourage your school to schedule a Virtual Visit; instructions available here.
Explore the ATLAS Open Data platform! This comprehensive educational platform guides students at university level through how to use ATLAS Open Data and the corresponding analysis tools.
Event Analysis Tools
High schools can use ATLAS event analysis tools - HYPATIA, HYPATIA Online, MINERVA, CAMELIA - for the interactive investigation of data collected by the experiment to make discoveries like physicists do. The aim of these tools is to give students a better understanding of how particle detectors work and the physics being studied at ATLAS. Such programmes can be run independently or in the framework of International Masterclasses.
Enter the world of particle physics with the newly-launched ATLAScraft! Built within the wildly successful game platform Minecraft, this new world recreates the laboratory using 3D blocks. Explore the CERN campus, shrink down to the size of a particle, and even conduct their own “experiments” in educational minigames.
- CERN Beamline for Schools competition - CERN offers high-school students from around the world the chance to create and perform a scientific experiment on a CERN accelerator beamline. Register your team to compete.
- The Lancaster Particle Physics Package (LPPP) gives a brief introduction to particle physics for students 16-18 years of age (accessible to other age groups, as well).
- CERN Students and Educators website