A shortlist of educational resources from the world's largest particle physics laboratory:
The fundamentals of matter and force, by Berkley Lab.
A colourful resource that breaks down all the basics
into bite-sized chunks under the following titles:
Presents an overview of particle physics and the work going on at CERN in comic book form.
Originally published in 1978 under the title of 'Hunting Particles' this book has been around for a while. The pdf scan available online was last reviewed in 2001, so is now getting a little dated, but still worth noting as an accessible way of digesting the basics.
Versions are available in German and French on CDS.
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:
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.)
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 schools 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.