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.
Take part in an International Physics Masterclass! Each masterclass consists of a series of lectures and discussions on particle physics followed by a hands-on session, during which students analysed real LHC data and performed measurements like particle physicists. At the end of each day, like in an international research collaboration, the participants join in a video conference for discussion and combination of their results.
Visit the International Masterclass website to join an event near you.
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.
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.
- 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