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International physics Masterclasses at CERN – Students discover the world of quarks and leptons

Local high school students come to the Laboratory to analyse real data from CERN's particle physics experiments

Wednesday, 23 March 2022


The students are focused on the Masterclass exercise at the S'Cool LAB at CERN. Photo credit: CERN

After a break forced by the pandemic in 2020 and the introduction of a hybrid format in 2021, CERN is hosting three physics Masterclasses on site in March 2022, thus allowing around fifty students from local schools to experience the job of a particle physics researcher.

The day begins with an introduction to CERN and particle physics. Classes are then welcomed to CERN's S'Cool LAB where students are invited to study actual particle tracks observed in CERN's detectors, with the help of our scientists. At the end of the day, as in an international research collaboration, they share their results during a videoconference (in English) with other institutes participating in the program on the same day around the world.

Each year in February and March, the international physics Masterclasses bring together nearly 13,000 secondary II students from 60 countries in about 225 universities and research centers. This program is organized at the Technical University of Dresden within the framework of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG).

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