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LUCID (Langton Ultimate Cosmic Ray Intensity Detector)


To provide an opportunity for students to engage in academic research into cosmic ray activity, increasing their sustained interest in science and engineering


LUCID, or Langton Ultimate Cosmic ray Intensity Detector, is the latest project of the Langton Star Center at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury, UK. It is part of the CERN@School program which brings science of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to the classroom.
The students involved in this project are 16 to 18 years old and won a competition with their design for a cosmic ray detector made from five chips from the Medipix series. Their instrument, called LUCID, will fly on a satellite called TechDemoSat to be launched by SSTL in early 2012. The students have been developing the detector with help from SSTL engineers and Larry Pinsky, chair of physics at the University of Houston. It’s thrilling to know that NASA is interested in the data.
LUCID provides an opportunity for students to engage in academic research into cosmic ray activity. Not only does it provide insights into the work of particle physicists, but also involves complex data analysis and wide collaboration. Initial funding for the project allows for a trial in ten secondary schools across the county of Kent. A further one hundred schools across the UK are expressing an interest in the project.
The LUCID project is designed to further the aim of the Langton Star Centre which is to increase interest in science and engineering amongst post-16 school students such that they move on to study these subjects at university and take up careers in science and engineering. The Star Centre’s work is governed by a philosophy of learning which involves school students taking part in authentic scientific research where they work alongside academic and research scientists and engineers. This experience of real rather than artificial science has had dramatic results. School students have made their own noteworthy contributions to the scientific community and their aspirations for careers in science and engineering have been greatly enhanced.
For further detailed information consult attached files and websites. Contact Dr Becky Parker MBE – Director of the Langton Star Centre at:

Post date: Wed, Apr 06, 2011 — 21:27
Updated date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 — 04:35

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