European Masterclasses for High School Students
Each year about 3000 high school students in 18 countries all over Europe come to one of about 60 nearby universities or research centres for one day in order to unravel the mysteries of particle physics. Lectures from active scientists give insight in topics and methods of basic research of the fundamental building blocks of matter and the forces between them. This enables the students to perform measurements on real data from particle physics experiments themselves. At the end of each day, like in an international research collaboration, the participants join in a video conference for discussion and combination of their results. Further Information
Particle Physics: Education for Physics Teachers
IPP organizes regular workshops for Physics teachers at the high-school level. The teachers learn about the fundamental issues in particle physics, as well as about the accelerators and experiments we use. In order to emphasize the experimental aspect, the teachers get to do hands-on analyses of real physics data.
Specific examples, such as the physics of Z-boson decays, have been adapted to their level. The teachers also learn about examples on how to teach and promote particle physics in their own classes. For this task we support them with some tools, such as a web-portal providing access to events and real data. Further Information
Public Lectures about Particle Physics
Members of our institute are regularly giving talks for the general public, for example in schools at the various levels, or in the context of special occasions, such as 150th anniversary of ETH Zurich or the World Year of Physics. Page with talks for the general public