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IPPOG International Masterclass 2012- at CMS


To encourage high school students to consider the field of particle physics for their future studies


The CMS collaboration welcomed a class of French high school students to the CERN facility in Meyrin, Switzerland on the 12 of March, 2012.  Students spent the day meeting with physicists, hearing talks, asking questions, and participating in a hands-on exercise using real data collected by the CMS experiment on the Large Hadron Colider. 
See attached for presentations given to students by the CMS Collaboration as part of the day's program.
For photos of the day, see here:
An overview of IPPOG International Masterclasses:
International Masterclasses provide an opportunity for high school students to be "scientists for a day.” 16- to 18-year-old students in countries around the world are invited to one of about 120 nearby universities for a day in order to take part in an authentic research process. Lectures from active scientists give insight in topics and methods of basic research in matter and forces, enabling the students to perform measurements on real data from the LHC. At the end of each day, like in an international research collaboration, the participants join in a video conference with CERN for discussion and combination of their results. International Masterclasses offer students the chance to close their textbooks and experience modern science first-hand! 
See the Masterclasses website for more details:

Post date: Fri, Mar 09, 2012 — 11:07
Updated date: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 — 04:26

Learning Topics

Particle Identification
Life as a Physicist
Process of Discovery

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This program is so great!  So many kids have come to me to say that they really loved what they did in class.  They were inspired by the scientists' enthusiasm for their careers and are seriously thinking of studing particle physics because of this experience.