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Particle Physics Resources
Here you will find a variety of useful resources such as websites, video clips, free publications and even panoramic photo's of inside the LHC which are suitable for a wide range of audiences.
If you have produced a resource about the LHC and think others could benefit from it please send it to STFC's Public Engagement Team to look at.
Oxford Sparks - Oxford Sparks is a portal for engaging with a wealth of exciting science taking place across Oxford University. Here you can find a number of free resources including videos, science trails, activities to try at home, mobile phone apps, games, podcasts, virtual tours and plenty more.
Institute of Physics - The IoP's Schools and Colleges section of the website highlighting latest curriculum development initiatives, Affiliated Schools Scheme and professional development.
Lancaster Particle Physics package - This site gives access to a number of simulations and explanations of particle physics, including a section on the LHC. The content is suitable for AS/A2 16+ students.
CERN teacher resources - The Teaching Materials presented here will allow teachers to introduce topics in modern physics to middle and high school students.
CERN's 'Angels and Demons' site - The launch of the film 'Angels and Demons' provided an opportunity to look at the myth versus the reality of the science at CERN. To help with this CERN produced this site, containing teacher resources, slide shows and videos of talks given to teachers visiting CERN.
Accelerate! A live-action particle physics lecture - this site gives you the resources to help you put on your own version of the show. Designed for 11-18 year olds and the general public, Accelerate! demonstrates the principles of particle accelerators through a series of hands on demonstrations.
Explore your Universe - a national programme of events, experiments and resources to help teach young people and their families about space and particle physics.
Science Museum interactive game - A simple game that illustrates how scientists go about their search for new particles.
Physics kits - Resources developed at Queen Mary University of London for students and teachers to use LEGO® to illustrate particle physics concepts. The lesson plans, activity sheets and booklets cover curriculum linked topics in radiation and particle physics.
Minerva – a Masterclass tool allowing students to learn more about the physics that goes on in the ATLAS detector at the LHC.
CERN@school – CERN@school brings technology from CERN into the classroom to aid with the teaching of particle and nuclear physics.
Higgs Hunters – Uncover the building blocks of the Universe and help search for unknown exotic particles in LHC data in this citizen science Zooniverse project.
LHSee - Smartphone application - LHSee is an App that allows you to see collisions from the Large Hadron Collider - This was funded through the STFC PE Small Awards Scheme.
Collider – Smartphone application – The Higgs Boson in your hand! Collider lets you view high energy particle collisions directly from the Large Hadron Collider, making it simple to understand what's going on at a glance.
STFC image library. These contain images related to the particle physics activity in the UK as well as pictures from CERN.
Colliding Particles - a series of films following just one of the teams of physicists involved in the research at the LHC. The project documents their work at the frontiers of particle physics, exploring the human stories behind the research and investigating the workings of the scientific process itself.
Backstage Science - Taking you "backstage" at some of the UK's most amazing science facilities. They include space telescopes, powerful lasers and football-field sized experiments.
In Search of Giants – 15 short films by starring Professor Brian Cox as he takes us on a journey discussing interesting facts about particle physics.
The beginning of the Universe, for beginners - cosmologists and particle physicists explore these questions by replicating the heat, energy, and activity of the first few seconds of our universe, from right after the Big Bang.
Dark matter - the matter we can't see - CERN scientist James Gillies tells us what accounts for the remaining 96% (dark matter and dark energy) and how we might go about detecting it.
The STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Harwell, Oxfordshire, is home to ISIS, one of the world's leading pulsed neutron and muon source. It is also home to the particle physics research group. Additionally RAL houses the Central Laser Facility, the Diamond Synchrotron Light Source and the Space Test Facilities. For further information about the facilities click here. To find out more about the schools' programme contact the RAL schools' officer.