Sharing LHC Research and Discovery with High School Students

  • Marcia Begalli
  • Uta BilowEmail author


Research institutes and universities around the world invite students and their teachers for a day-long programme to experience life at the forefront of basic research. These International Masterclasses ( give students the opportunity to be particle physicists for a day by analysing real data from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The project attracts each year more than 13,000 high school students from 46 countries.

In the International Masterclasses, high school students work with real data collected by the experiments at the LHC. The programme bridges the gap between science education at school and modern scientific research. Participants can explore the fundamental forces and building blocks of nature and are informed about the new age of exciting discoveries in particle physics, e.g. the discovery of the Higgs boson. Moreover, they can actively take part in cutting-edge research and improve their understanding in science and the scientific research process. The programme offers authentic experience and adds valuable experiences to physics education at school, thus stimulating the students’ interest in science.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Technische Universitaet DresdenDresdenGermany

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