22-29 July 2015
Europe/Vienna timezone

LHC discoveries and particle physics concepts for education

Jul 25, 2015, 11:30 AM


talk Education and Outreach Education and Outreach


Farid Ould-Saada (Oslo University, Norway)


LHC data are successfully deployed in International Masterclasses where young students explore the Higgs discovery and other measurements. Promises of new discoveries in the 13 TeV era and opportunites offered by CERN open data have triggered new educational materials. After a few success stories, we describe new features and future plans. We identify four levels of high school engagement. The introductory level provides limited amounts of data in short activities to convey key concepts. These experiences lead to participation in day-long masterclasses. With more time and some scaffolding, students design their own investigations to access larger data sets in an e-Lab. Research projects based on large LHC datasets open possibilities for university (and advanced high school) students and result in strong support to theoretical and experimental lectures. Tools to analyze larger datasets allow more concepts to be brought closer to students. Invariant mass is successfully mastered to measure properties of known particles and discover new ones. Other achievements include understanding the concepts of 'event' and 'statistics'. Signals of graviton resonances in di-lepton, di-photon and di-Z boson mass distributions, and the exploitation of ETmass to study dilepton invariant mass endpoints of SUSY particles already exist. These educational materials follow LHC 'heartbeats' and can influence textbooks and teaching methods.

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This presentation will be given on behalf of IPPOG. The final speaker will be confirmed once agreed on.

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Farid Ould-Saada (Oslo University, Norway)

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