Searching for the New Worlds - from Planets to Subatomic Particles
With the Transit of Venus happening in early June, new worlds constantly being revealed in the search for Exoplanets, and the LHC drawing ever closer to finding the elusive Higgs and dark matter - 2012 is a great year to discuss the connection of astronomy, particle physics and accelerators with A-level pupils.
The University of Oxford is organising in collaboration with CERN a one-day school to give A-level teachers an opportunity to learn about the phenomena and scientific challenges which connect astronomy, particle physics and the physics of particle accelerators. This school is designed for physics teachers who are not necessarily physics specialists.
Participating teachers will have the opportunity to learn more about the Transit of Venus, exoplanets, connections between astronomy and particle physics, and phenomena being studied with particle accelerators. The school will address questions such as "What is the origin of the Universe and of matter?" "How can we find planets outside the solar system?" "What is so special about the Transit of Venus?" "How do the LHC or other particle accelerators work?" "How are the LHC experiments connected to astronomy?" and "What are the applications of particle accelerators in our daily lives?"
The first APPEAL-1 in 2010 and last year's APPEAL-2 were very successful and we are looking forward to a very interesting and thought-provoking event this year as well.
The APPEAL-3 event will take take place on Saturday, 9 June 2012 at the University of Oxford.
To take part in this school please register before the 18 May 2012.
There are no registration fees for the teachers to participate in the event.
The organisers are grateful for the support received from the following organisations: