Cosmos à l’École
In France, a collaboration started several years ago between the “Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules” (IN2P3) of the CNRS and “Sciences à l’École”, a project from the French Education Ministry which is promoting science in high schools and higher education. Large cosmic ray detectors called “Cosmodétecteurs” are built in the Marseille IN2P3 laboratory (CPPM) and given to high school teachers selected by “Sciences à l’École”. These teachers are trained prior to receiving the detector – a one week-long seminar at CERN, part of the High School Teacher program, plus a technical course in Marseilleto learn how to use the apparatus. These teachers then exchange information through a dedicated internet forum and present the educational activities they develop with their Cosmodétecteur. There are currently 30 such detectors in France and 15 more will be released in 2017.