Welcome to S'Cool LAB


What is S'Cool LAB?

S’Cool LAB is a new Physics Education Research facility at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. High school students and their teachers are invited to contribute to our research projects by taking part in hands-on & minds-on particle physics experiments on-site at CERN. Participating in S'Cool LAB research 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.




Our research interests include​ students' conceptions in particle physics, the impact of out-of-school learning on students' motivation, the use of online learning for preparing field trips, teachers' motivations for field trips, and low-cost experiments for classrooms. Details of our research findings to date are available on our publications page.


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). Our current opportunities for high school teachers and students to participate in our research are:


S'Cool LAB Days at CERN

A full-day programme of hands-on particle physics experiments & CERN tours for groups of high school students.

Applications for S'Cool LAB Days at CERN taking place in the academic year 2017/18 are currently open.

S'Cool LAB Summer CAMP

A two-week residential particle physics summer camp for 24 high school students aged 16-19 from all around the world.

Applications for the S'Cool LAB Summer CAMP taking place in summer 2018 will be open in November 2017.

Cloud Chamber Workshops

90-minute hands-on particle physics workshops for high school groups with a confirmed booking for a CERN guided tour.

Cloud Chamber Workshops are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are welcome at any time.