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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...

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The Universe as a glass of beer

This talk was given at TEDxOporto 2016 to a large, general public audience.  It attempts to address the question, posed by a young student: "How do we measure what we can't see?" The talk addresses this in three parts:

  1. What we currently know...
A Question of Survival

This presentation was given at TEDxTUM 2015 in front of a large public audience and was recorded and published on the TEDxTUM site, as well as on their YouTube channel.  It attempts to answer the question of why we do basic research by describing it as a necessary facet of human survival.

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This material was used for the 3rd annual CERN @Montreux Physics of Music / Music of Physics Workshop.  The workshops are held every year in the Petit Casino during the Montreux Jazz Festival.  These are from July, 2015.

http://mjf2015.web.cern...

The ATLAS Public Web Pages

This talk describes the design and development strategies for implementing the ATLAS Public Web pages.  It was given at CHEP 2015 in Okinawa, Japan, and targets both Science Communicators and Web Developers.

CERN Council Seen by an Outreacher

This talk was given by request of the CERN Council for the celebration ceremony of the 60th anniversary of the Council.  It was complemented by talks given by theorists, users, young researchers, retired researchers, etc.  The goal is to remind the council of the importance of Education and...

Innovating Science Outreach

This is a talk given at ICHEP 2014 in Valencia, Spain.  The goal is to inform other science communicators of the content, platforms, and strategy supporting the Outreach and Education project of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN.  Some of the examples and lessons learned can be helpful for others....

My Life As A Proton

The talk was given to a public audience at Le Scandale in Geneva (21 May 2014), during an event called Pint of Science.  The talk tells the story of a proton from birth in the Big Bang to joining the LHC, including all of the embarrassing steps in between.

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.

Cascade Competitions - University of Birmingham

The Particle Physics group at the University of Birmingham has tried many different formats for Outreach competitions
over recent years. We have found that a Cascade competition is a very efficient way to introduce Particle Physics
concepts and experiments to a wide range of students...

This collection has seven presentations on the Higgs-boson and related topics. The presentations where hold by several German scientists after the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded  to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs. The presentations are generally understandable and can be used for...

These slides were used to introduce three different musical acts that were influenced by the physics of the LHC at CERN, the Voyager missions to the edge of the solar system, and cosmic rays from the far cosmos.  The images might be interesting for anyone making a presentation.

On the 4th of July 2012, CERN announced the discovery of a new particle, compatible with the Higgs boson. This video (in English and then French at 6:15) describes this important discovery and explains what are the Higgs field and the Higgs boson. 

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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...

First slidequiz

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...

Presentation for general audience to explain what is the role of the Higgs boson. It introduces what are the fundamental particles and the Standard Model, then shows the role of the Higgs field and the Higgs boson. It also explains how it was discovered by the LHC experiments.

Presentation to explain to general audiences what is the Higgs boson. It reviews first what are the fundamental particles and the Standard Model, then explains the role of the Higgs field and the Higgs boson as an excitation of the field. It also shows how it was discovered at the LHC...

Presentation to explain what is dark matter, review the proofs of its existence and show the various attempts to detect it.

Le contenu de l'Univers

This presentation explains what is dark matter, reviews several proofs of its existence and shows the differents attempts to figure out what it is.

A simple presentation to explain the excitement surrounding the discovery of the Higgs boson. Borrows heavily from other presentations but adds lots of animation. Two versions are included: one is in English only; the other is in English and traditional Chinese. Talk was given in Taiwan in...

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...

I'm a physicist: a career-day talk for 6th graders

I gave a career-day talk geared for 6th graders at Greenfield Public School in Philadelphia.  The presentation took about 20 minutes (with questions).  Follow-up questions took another 30 minutes.  It was given to Mr. Bentz's class on June 7, 2013.

Hangout with CERN (Wednesdays at 17:00 CET)

Buried 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to high energies and then collides them in four different underground halls. Inside...

Students attending Researcher Night Masterclass at ATLAS

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

Education & Outreach in ATLAS Control Room

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

Education & Outreach in ATLAS Control Room

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places....

Higgs "God Particle" Boson: A talk geared for my wife & professionals like her

This public talk was given shortly after the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson.  It is geared for my wife, J.A. Hong, MD & professionals like her.  The audience was a room full of physicians at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on August 15, 2012.

Tutorial includes an overview of the existing data samples, the main tools used for Masterclass-like activities (web-based event display software and data, web-based spreadsheet for collating results etc.

Discovering the Higgs Boson

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places. ...

And the discovery made Peter Higgs very happy.

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places. ...

Buried about 100m below the French / Swiss countryside, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains, is a 27km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  This chain of superconducting magnets accelerates protons to very high energies and then collides them at four different places. ...

This presentation was given at the 1st World Conference on Physics Education (WCPE) in Istanbul (Turkey) in July 2012. We describe the methodology employed for the IPPOG International Masterclasses, summarizing the hands-on activities physics analyses. We discuss the results of the evaluations...

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...

Presentation to high school students in Poland. Explaining CERN's main activities, and encourage students for choosing research (and not only) for their future studies. Also, to encourage them to participate in CERN's activities now (masterclass, researchers' night, visits, etc.)

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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...

Talk given in the morning session of the international masterclasses at Lund University (see: http://www.hep.lu.se/masterclass/index.html). The talk covers theoretical foundations (Standard Model, Feynman diagrams), accelerators,...

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

This talk was given to students at Bladins International School of Malmö (Sweden) on 2011-04-06. The aim of the talk is to give an overview of the particle physics research done at CERN. I start from a historical point of view. I first talk about the history of CERN and of the key experiments of...

A presentation about CERN and LHCb designed to be given by members of the LHCb collaboration to school classes of 15-17 year olds. In French. Made by LHCb physicist Monica Pepe-Altarelli.
This 65 slide presentation gives an overview of the Large Hadron Collider, particle physics and the...

A presentation given by UCLA Professor Robert Cousins, presenting the goals of revolutionizing elementary particle physics and the implications for our understanding of the Big Bang and dark matter.
Audience: Students and faculty of University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Date:...

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

Well made presentation of CERN, particle physics and the big experiments.
 
 
 

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...

This is follow-up of the "Masterclasses with Cosmic Rays" held in Slovakia.  We took another opportunity to do Masterclasses with cosmic rays. In this time it was international group of high school students (35) attended an international project: "Let's discover the mysteries". Five countries...

Quark-Tzee is a dice game that plays following Yahtzee rules.  The idea is that you start with 6 dies, and you can roll three times. On each roll you keep the dies that you consider the best to make certain particles.  First roll - all dies, keep as many you want to create mesons and baryons;  ...

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...

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The Quark Card Game was created to convey students the concept of the Standard Model - the existence of quarks, substructure of mesons and baryons, particle decay, and the concept of color charge.
It addresses the population of students in Junior and Senior years, in the US Educational...

This powerpoint presentation was presented to student participants of the European Masterclass on 2 March 2010 in Torino, Italy. Consists of 39 colored slides. The presentation is aimed at high school students. It's an introduction to the ideas of particles physics which stresses the unsolved...

In order to improve the knowledge of the cultural diversity of the town of Meyrin, Switzerland (close to the main CERN site) organized an activity for children and parents called "Ethnopoly". CERN took part in the event as the next door neighbour and a big and multicultural orgnisation.
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A short presentation showing the relation between mass, energy, momentum and speed for relativistic and ultra-relativistic particles.
It uses as an example the CERN accelerator complex (for massive particles at different speeds) and the photon

"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...

"Drôle de Physique" is a collection of 6 hands-on activities started by CERN's James Gillies and now available for schools on request. These activities designed for young audiences are currently carried out in CERN's Microcosm where a platform has been devoted to them. The Drôle de Physique...

This presentation describes CERN, particle physics and the LHC to younger audiences (featuring helicopters and dinosaurs!)
As it is aimed at 14-18 year olds, the presentation is rather basic.
Indeed it can also be easily adapted for younger audiences (e.g. 10-11) by omitting slides...

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An award winning card game to learn about particles from the standard model. The set includes a book of games with playing cards included. The book explains rules to several different games that can be played of different complexity and for different age groups. Rules of the games follow the...

‘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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A 51 slide presentation in French for a general audience. Delivered at the "Cité des Sciences" in Paris, "Rencontres du Ciel et de l'Espace," November, 2010
This presentation covers the following topics:
-The LHC
--what it is
--what it looks like
--where it is...

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...

A hands on working model of a linear accelerator.  Model consists of a metal track, ball and computer/monitor which measures the ball's speed. A ball has to be given energy with exactly the right timing by lifting a part of its supporting track. At the end of the track a PC will measure its...

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CERN playing cards with interesting facts about physics and the LHC experiments on each card. Available in English and French.
For purchase from the CERN gift shop, Geneva, Switerland or from the CMS Secretariat, CERN, Switzerland.
Price: 3 CHF
For all purchases, see here: ...

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