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Colliding Particles - Episode 3: Conference Season





Mike Paterson


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To illustrate to students ages 15+ how science develops through discussion, collaboration and completion of works, and to illustrate the relationship between experiment and theory in science.


"Conference Season" is the third film of the series ‘"Colliding Particles." Jon travels to Philadelphia to present the Eurostar paper to ICHEP. Held every 2 years, the International Conference on High Energy Physics is the most prestigious conference in particle physics, and brings together the world's leading theorists and experimentalists for a week of idea sharing.
Film Duration: 9min 07 sec.
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Topics Covered in this Film:

  • Communicating Science
  • Creativity in Science
  • Science Conferences

(See teacher's guide for this episode for exact timings of these topics within the video:
About the series:
The full series follows just one of the teams of physicists involved in the research at the LHC.
The project documents their work at the frontiers of particle physics, exploring the human stories behind the research and investigating the workings of the scientific process itself. It is designed to support the ‘How Science Works’ element of key stage 4 of the English national curriculum. The films have been made to illustrate aspects of the way in which science develops. They show scientists discussing their work, how they collaborate and compete, and the relationship between experiment and theory in science.
Although the idea of the Standard Model of particle physics and the existence of the Higgs particle are unlikely to be part of the formal curriculum for most students, these films can still be used when you wish to discuss aspects of HSW and to stimulate interest in the process of scientific discovery. Because the scientists are describing an on-going process of discovery, the films have a natural ‘story’ thread running through them.

Post date: Mon, Feb 07, 2011 — 12:05
Updated date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 — 04:26

Learning Topics

(Maps) Who does What?
Process of Discovery