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Playing with Protons 2018-19

A group of primary school teachers have stepped out of the classroom and into the laboratory to learn how to inspire the next generation of budding scientists and innovators.

The Playing with Protons initiative, hosted at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), is aimed at helping teachers to spark primary school students’ interest in physics, discovery and innovation.

The project is a collaboration between the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) and ATLAS experiments at CERN, the University of Birmingham, and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and is supported by The Ogden Trust and the CREATIONS project.

Teachers from 10 schools attended the programme, which started in August 2018 with a week in CERN, along with science education specialists, seeking to create engaging learning ideas for the classroom and generate a knowledge exchange to use by all partner schools.

Going back to school themselves, teachers participated in a ‘show-and-tell’ session to share what worked for them in the classroom and what their plans are for future learning.

STFC Particle and Nuclear Physics Outreach Manager Elizabeth Cunningham led a discussion of the work of the CREATIONS project and how they develop creative approaches based on art for an engaging science classroom and to improve the skills of young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Participating teachers were also given an insight into the world-leading facility of ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) and got to see first-hand how ISIS accelerates protons to travel at 84% of the speed of light and how it is used in diverse research areas from medicine and engineering to archaeology (just to name a few).

The Playing with Protons project began in September 2013 with the ultimate goal that primary school children would discover modern physics and CERN.

Learn more here: https://playprotons.web.cern.ch/.


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Last updated: 09 April 2019

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