Cancelled: International Masterclasses in Particle Physics 2020

23 Mar 2020 - 8:45am to 27 Mar 2020 - 4:30pm
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Level 5 foyer (registration)
Schools (secondary)

With regret, we announce that due to the coronavirus outbreak we have decided to cancel this event. We are sorry for any disappointment this causes.

This event is now fully booked

Please choose from one of the following two dates:

Date 1: Monday 23rd March 2020

Date 2: Thursday 26th March 2020

The International Masterclass in Particle Physics is back!
This is an exciting opportunity to take part in an International Masterclass in Particle Physics. Students will learn more about Particle Physics with Oxford researchers and gain insight into topics and methods of research relating to matter and forces. They will perform measurements on real data from the ATLAS experiment and participate in a video conference to discuss the results.

Learn how we use particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collider to explore the Universe. Study the Z particle and identify its signature in data from the ATLAS experiment. Work with Oxford particle physicists and join other students in a video conference with CERN to present the results.

This event is open to students aged 16-17 years who are studying A-level Physics and Maths (or equivalent) and are interested in studying physics at University level.

Lunch is provided.

New for 2020 - an opportunity to participate in an exciting new project: Students co-creating their own CERN research project

Bonus date: Friday 27th March 2020

This new project is available as a supplementary activity for students who attend the Particle Physics Masterclass on either the 23rd or 26th March.

Would you like to give your students the opportunity to lead their own research using data from the world’s highest energy particle collider at CERN?

This innovative project, led by Oxford University Physics in partnership with the Institute for Research in Schools, will bring cutting-edge CERN OpenData science to UK school students aged 16-18 and their teachers. Crucially it will be your students themselves, assisted by the researchers, who will be the scientists. They will, with mentoring from researchers at UK universities, generate scientific objectives, develop tools and methodology, perform analysis, and present results. In short the students will be undertaking a full spectrum of scientific activities, and leading their own research using data from CERN.

This exploratory project is intended to be the first stage in a larger project which will bring CERN OpenData to wide range of UK schools. The overall aims of the full project are to:
• Raise STEM aspirations in a future generation
• Develop scientific enquiry skills in posing and selecting interesting scientific questions
• Develop technical skills, such as numerical analysis & coding

We welcome applications from all schools. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups, such as from female students, socio-economically deprived areas and schools with low rates of progression to university.

This event is now fully booked

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