Educational Resources
31 Aug 2023



Learn more about particle physics - whether you're starting from scratch or have some knowledge already




​Basics of Particle Physics Resources

A shortlist oeducational resources from the world's largest particle physics laboratory. We particularly like:
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Find out what's going on at CERN
​The Particle Adventure
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The fundamentals of matter and force, by Berkley Lab. A colourful resource that breaks down all the basics into the following bite-sized chunks:
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Presents an overview of particle physics and the work going on at CERN in comic book form.
The pdf scan available online was last reviewed in 2001, so it's now getting a little dated, but still provides an accessible way of digesting the basics. 

​​​Particl​e Identifier Game​
A game that puts you in the control room of one of CERN’s particle physics experiments. A series of particle tracks will appear on a detector display and you need to identify what they are. 

S'Cool Lab
Former Physics Education Research facility at CERN. It also has plenty of classroom activities on its websites, many of which can be done at home. We particularly like:
  • Their explanation of States of Matter & Phase Transitions (includes simple home experiments, great for younger kids!)​
  • A printable Particle Board Game (requires a fair ​amount of printing)
  • Build your own ATLAS model (instructions for the detailed model are only in German but the template could be used to build a basic model.)​
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A map of CERN and the ATLAS detector created 
in the popular game Minecraft!

The ATLAScraft project is organised by researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Birmingham. There is also a Youtube demonstration of the project here. 


An online activity where students have the chance to ask questions to scientists and vote for their favourite to win £500! It is free for UK scho​ols and runs throughout term-time.

Apply now to take part during the autumn term!

Read about Ed's experience as the winner of the March 2020 competition here.

    ​Tactile Collider
Tactile Collider is an exciting, fully-immersive workshop which allows blind, visually impaired and sighted participants to explore the science behind particle accelerators,​ and to engage with physicists working on current research.
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  • The Women Behind The Science: Vera Rubin​

​​​​Live Detector​ Feeds​
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​See​ live feeds showing the status of particle physics experiments

 More Advanced Particle Physics Resources

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The full CERN Summer Student Lecture Programs can be found on CDS.
Lancaster Particle Physics Package

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For those aged 16 - 18. The LPPP aims to give you a feel for the basic physics and experimental techniques involved in particle physics research.

​CERN Lectures Youtube Channel

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A separate CERN YouTube Channel for lectures.
A magazine reporting on news and opinion from the world of particle physics: experiments, theory, accelerators, computing and beyond.
A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication. The Symmetry Magazine makes it easier to keep up with the latest Particle Physics news.

Particle Physics Masterclasses are annual events aimed at students interested in studying particle physics, consisting of talks, computer workshops, and tours of​ our facilities​​.



Contact: Hattersley, Emma (STFC,RAL,PPD)