ATLAS Virtual Visits
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL VISIT?
A Virtual Visit is a live video connection to the ATLAS experiment at CERN. Visitors meet with a guide who is a scientist or an engineer working on the experiment. This guide leads visitors through either the control room or to the detector itself (only during planned shutdowns of the LHC).
A Virtual Visit consists of two parts:
- The guides introduce themselves and describe their work in particle physics. They then present CERN, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and the ATLAS experiment, including its goals and recent accomplishments.
- The guides invite questions from the audience for the rest of the session, an essential part of the visit. We recommend audiences prepare questions ahead of time. This can be facilitated by viewing this introductory video.
Participants interact with their guides via web-based video conferencing applications, such as ZOOM. We conduct at least one technical test before the visit to ensure all runs smoothly. When possible, we record the events for later viewing.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL VISITS
In the context of the last year of high school science education, we are happy to share with the students one of the pinnacle achievements of modern physics research.
Viva Fysica is an annual symposium for high school teachers and high school students that we organise at the University of Amsterdam, aimed at showing what's currently going on in physics. The goal is for the teachers to be inspired to bring more modern physics into the classroom, and for their students to get a broader view of physics than what they learn in class, hopefully even exciting some of them to go into physics themselves.
High school teachers from all over Europe are attending a two-weekend long winter school with subjects like HEP, Astrophysics, Gravity, Cosmology, Astronomy.