School: none
Teacher: conchy molina perez
No of students participated: 13
Subject domain: Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, Technology, Science, ICT
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Empirical research suggests that students’ aspirations of pursuing a career in STEM fields, including physics, are likely to be shaped considerably by their experiences of and attitudes to school science at primary level (e.g. Tai et al., 2006). Yet the majority of interventions currently target secondary school settings (Archer, 2013). As a response, Playing with Protons represents a novel science education initiative led by the CMS Experiment at CERN that is aimed at nurturing and promoting creativity, science motivation and aspirations among K-6 students. The focus will be on activities in schools (https://playprotons.web.cern.ch/)

Session 1: What do scientists do? Introduce your classroom to the fundamentals of scientific inquiry. Check out related activities in these two communities: https://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/en/community/playing-protons-uk-847604 & https://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/en/community/playing-protons-greece-845642      

Session 2: This is an introductory session aiming at explain the fundamentals of particle physics. Here is a relevant resource: https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/particle-physics-abcs/

photo by Anastasia Lafara

Session 3: Facts & Big discoveries at CERN: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/09/7-things-you-didn-t-know-about-cern-and-the-strange-world-of-particle-physics-c362a466-43a1-449d-9719-9e9d97e6a293/ & https://www.livescience.com/48052-cern-anniversary-big-discoveries.html     

Session 4: Find out what CERN has done for you. Consider discussing all the things that have been invented at CERN: https://www.businessinsider.com/why-is-the-lhc-important-2015-5