Idea Circle Dinner Discussion #1:
Behind the scenes at CERN's Beamline for Schools Competition
In 2014 CERN started to organize “Beamline for Schools” (BL4S), an annual international physics competition for high-school students aged 16 or more. In the competition, teams of students from all around the world are invited to propose an experiment to CERN that makes use of a secondary beam of particles.
In the first five years of the competition, 8500 students from 76 countries worldwide have participated and in total ten winning teams have been selected and invited to CERN to conduct their experiments.
We will give insights into this unique physics competition, take you behind the scenes, present previously conducted winning experiments and show how you can be involved.
Finally, we will present an outlook for the future of the BL4S competition, taking into account the shutdown of the accelerators at CERN in 2019 and 2020.
About the speakers:
Sarah Anne Aretz:
Sarah is a physicist and educator. She has studied astrophysics at the university of Bonn in Germany and has also been a teacher for physics and mathematics in grammar school. After her PhD she is now the project manager of CERN’s Beamline for Schools competition since 2017. Furthermore, she is involved in physics education research in the Teacher and Student Programmes section of the CERN Education, Communications and Outreach group.
Markus has studied technical engineering with a focus on sensor technologies at the “Hochschule (university of applied sciences) Ravensburg-Weingarten” in Germany. After graduation he was employed by CERN in 1993 where he has focussed on low level software for data acquisition systems. He is a member of the ATLAS collaboration, co-organizer of the ISOTDAQ schools and technical coordinator of BL4S.
Idea Circle Dinner Discussion Series:
If you are interested in learning more about education, communication and outreach activities at CERN, we have launched a new series of talks specifically targeting CERN personnel looking to improve their communication skills, engage with the public, and network with experts in the field. The lecture and discussion series, named Idea Circle Dinner Discussions, will be held at IdeaSquare every other Wednesday at 18:00. Spaces are limited, so please register today to reserve your seat. (Light dinner and refreshments will be available for registered participants only).
ICDD events are scheduled at the following times:
With LS2, this is the perfect time to expand your horizons beyond research and enhance your public engagement profile. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
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