Particle physics with local schools
Dr Craig McNeile, Lecturer in Theoretical Physics and Dr Antonio Rago, Associate Professor in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics introduced students from local schools to particle physics. Students in years 11-13 were given introductory lectures by Craig and Antonio. Students used experimental data measured at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, to estimate the mass and lifetime of a specific meson particle.
Dr Vincent Drach, a visiting scientist at CERN in Geneva and part of the University’s theoretical physics group, organised the event to help engage young people in the subject. At the end of day, the students shared their results in a video conference, organized by CERN, with over 200 students located in Italy, Romania, Spain and Honduras. The Institute of Education is eager to promote the range of educational activity and school partnerships across the University, as well as internationally.
Particle physics masterclass