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.

S'Cool LAB Summer CAMP

A two-week residential particle physics summer camp for 30 high school students aged 16-19 from all around the world.

Successful candidates for S'Cool LAB Summer CAMP 2018 have been selected.

What happened to the "S'Cool LAB Days at CERN" programme?

"S'Cool LAB Days at CERN" was our flagship education research programme from 2016 to 2018. Meanwhile, our research interests have evolved, so we have adapted the format of our offer to better suit these needs. Teachers interested in contributing to our education research projects and having their students participate in extended hands-on particle physics experiment sessions in S'Cool LAB are invited to apply for the new format of our education research programme: S'Cool LAB PLUS+


S'Cool LAB in the classroom

Can't come to S'Cool LAB? No problem! Take a look at our low-cost classroom activities.


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).