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International Masterclass for schools

STEM funding

International Masterclass for schools

International Masterclass for schools

STEM funding

International Masterclass for schools

International Masterclass for schools

STEM funding

International Masterclass for schools

International Masterclass for schools

STEM funding

International Masterclass for schools

Project description

How can we research the smallest particles in our universe, namely elementary particles? Answers to this question were given to 3 pupils from the 10th grade of a high school in Schongau (Pfaffenwinkel-Realschule) in the International Masterclasses for Particle Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich.

At the start of the Masterclass, they were introduced to the world of particle physics by means of a simple comic strip. However, even at the end of this introduction their knowledge of physics had been greatly boosted. 

During the morning, the students learned that the protons and neutrons contained in atomic nuclei are made up of even smaller particles.

After that a doctoral student in particle physics explained what exactly happens in a particle accelerator at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Switzerland. The most important particle accelerator today is the Large Hadron Collider, which was put into operation in 2008. The data from the ATLAS particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider, which detects the particles generated by colliding protons within a very short space of time, was assessed by means of a special program. The students compared the results with other Masterclass participants form other places in Germany as well as from Norway, Greece and Italy during a video conference which took place at the end of the event. The video conference, in which two scientists from CERN also participated, naturally took place in English. 

The entire event was fascinating from beginning to end, extremely informative and gave all those present a deeper insight into modern particle physics.

Project details

Topic: STEM funding

Age category: 10th grade

Venue: Max Planck Institute

Duration: 1 day

Participation requirements: Maximum of 30 school students

Project funding

The Frank Hirschvogel Foundation provides financial funding particularly to projects that aim at expanding knowledge by means of excursions and workshops which take place at renowned external institutes and which cannot be covered by the school budget. Send us your project inquiry for your planned excursion!

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