research centres opened for 3000 high school students
On occasion of the World Year Physics, the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics is participating from March 7th to 19th in the Physics European Masterclasses. An Epog (European Particle-Physics Outreach Group) initiative that opens high school students the doors of the fascinating world of particle physics.
Masterclasses are taking place in 18 European countries at the same time, and are involving about 60 of the most prestigious research centres and Universities.
For the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics, the National Laboratories of Frascati, The Third University of Rome, the units of Pisa, Turin, Padua, Catania and Naples will be present.
Researchers and tutors will lead students in a journey that will bring them to the very heart of matter, to the discovery of the Universe laws.
Every University and research centre will arrange during this period a day of “full immersion”, trough lessons and lectures, on the fundamental topics of particle physics. Researchers will explain to the young visitors which are the instruments used to reveal the secrets of matter.
But European masterclasses are not only theory. Exercises will play an essential role in this initiative: after lessons and lectures, students will perform with computer the measurement of different properties of particles, using data of real experiments deriving from international laboratories.
And at the end of each day, like in an international collaboration, the participants will join in a videoconference to discuss the results of exercises.