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Accessible accelerator wins outreach prize

Tactile Collider, a fully immersive accelerator workshop which engages blind and partially sighted learners, has taken the outreach award at the European Physical Society High Energy Particle Physics Prize Division (EPS HEP).

Utilising unique tactile objects, an accessible accelerator model called CASSIE and a bespoke soundscape, Tactile Collider takes learners on an interactive journey into accelerator science, helping them to understand the experiments being done on the Large Hadron Collider.

The outreach award is for ‘outstanding achievement in outreach, including education and the promotion of diversity, in connection with High Energy Physics and/or Particle Astrophysics’. The team behind Tactile Collider collected it at a ceremony in Belgium on 15 July – as part of the International Europhysics Conference on High Energy Particle Physics.

It has been a successful year so far for the project organisers. As well as this award, Dr Rob Appleby from The Cockcroft Institute and the University of Manchester spoke at the International Particle Accelerator Conference in Australia about the importance of communication and diversity in accelerator science, and he included the communication model used by the Tactile Collider project to connect with the visually impaired and other under-represented audiences. 

Tactile Collider was created by a team from The Cockcroft Institute, and has been funded by an STFC public engagement grant.

You can find out more about Tactile Collider, and access their school resources on their website.

Information about STFC public engagement grants can be found here.

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Last updated: 17 July 2019


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