Below you will find some ideas how to introduce particle physics in your classroom in a hands-on way. These activities are normally developed by students joining the S’Cool LAB team for their masters’ thesis from all over the world, therefore not all material is available in English. However, we are currently working on English summary papers and will upload them as soon as possible.
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The cloud chamber was one of the first particle detectors. Today, cloud chambers are only used in education. It is very easy to build a cloud chamber with everyday material, dry ice, and Isopropyl alcohol. Below we provide a DIY manual including many information on how to interpret the observations, and what do with cloud chamber (e.g. using balloons as radioactive sources).
The ATLAS detector, the largest particle detector at the LHC, is one the most complex machines ever built. However, due to its complexity, explaining the ATLAS detector at a high-school level can be challenging. Below, we show how to use 3D printers (or straws & cardboard) to build a model of the toroidal ATLAS magnet system. We also suggest learning activities for the physics classroom.
Model for 3D printing: Build your own functional model of the ATLAS toroidal magnet system
- Video "Build your own ATLAS magnet: a functional 3D-printed model"
- 3D Model and student worksheet (ENGLISH)
- 3D compass which can be used to explore the magnetic field of the model
Model with straws: Build a model of the toroidal ATLAS magnet system with everyday material
Superconductors are the heart of today's particle detectors and accelerators, and much effort is put into the development of the existing technology. We consider superconductivity an interesting topic for the physics classroom, because it allows students to apply their knowledge about classical conductors, induction, and quantum mechanics in a modern physics topic. Two master students from Germany developed the superconductivity workshop for S'Cool LAB. Below, you will find their master thesis including instructions how to build a magnetic track for a leviatting superconductor. Unfortunately, both thesis are only in German. We are currently working on a short version in English.