Welcome to S'Cool LAB


What is S'Cool LAB?

S’Cool LAB is a Physics Education Research facility at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. We offer high school students and their teachers the chance to take part in hands-on & minds-on particle physics experiment sessions on-site at CERN. Participating in S'Cool LAB activities enables teachers to give their students a glimpse of life and work in a world-leading international research institute. By getting hands-on with physics in S'Cool LAB, students can make discoveries independently, learn to work scientifically and apply their knowledge in a new setting. Students also have the chance to engage directly with members of CERN's scientific community.





Physics education research

Activities in S'Cool LAB are not just a fun experience for students and teachers visiting CERN. We also carry out education research with the help of our participants. Find out more about our physics education research projects


How can teachers and students get involved?

Our opportunities for high school teachers and students to participate in S'Cool LAB activities are:


S'Cool LAB Cloud Chambers

High school students build their own particle detectors using simple equipment in this 90-minute hands-on workshop.

Applications for Cloud Chamber workshops are welcome at any time.



High school groups contribute to our education research by taking part in hands-on particle physics experiment sessions.

Applications to participate in our research programme are welcome at any time.

Classroom activities

A collection of ideas how to introduce particle physics in your classroom in a hands-on way.

Find classroom activities for your students and ideas for your 3D printer.

What happened to the "S'Cool LAB Summer CAMP"

The S'Cool LAB Summer CAMP was a residential high-school student programme at CERN. In 2017 and 2018, 30 students from around the world spent 2 weeks of their summer at S’Cool LAB for a programme of lectures and tutorials, hands-on workshops, their own team research projects and visits of CERN’s research installations. In 2019, S'Cool LAB will not offer a summer camp.


CERNies: Get involved!

S'Cool LAB relies on volunteers from CERN's scientific community to deliver our programmes. If you work at CERN and are interested in becoming a S'Cool LAB tutor, or if you want to learn more about our Open Cloud Chamber Workshop for CERN people, visit our web pages for CERNies (CERN login required).