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Masterclass, the activity that teaches young students how is the work that a scientist performs in the Large Hadron Collider through didactic activities was carried out successfully

Organized by the CCTVal, this activity promoted by CERN seeks to bring closer physics to the young people in a fun and educational way. The activity was attended by more than 50 middle school students of the V region, who had the opportunity to understand part of the work that a scientist performs in the Large Hadron Collider.

Organized by the CCTVal, this activity promoted by CERN seeks to bring closer physics to the young people in a fun and educational way. The activity was attended by more than 50 middle school students of the V region, who had the opportunity to understand part of the work that a scientist performs in the Large Hadron Collider.

More than 50 secondary students from various schools of Valparaíso came to the Federico Santa María Technical University to participate in the International MasterClass, Hands on Particle Physics, an activity developed by the Valparaíso Scientific and Technological Center (CCTVal) of the University whit the aim to encourage young people's interest in science and approach particle physics in a didactic way.

For the third consecutive year, the international activity organized jointly by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), takes place simultaneously in European and United States universities and in some countries of Latin America like: Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela and Chile.

"This is the second part of the MasterClass, the first part was aimed to teachers to update their knowledge in particle physics, in this part, the idea is to invite high school students to participate in the day full of activities specially developed for them, "said Edson Carquín, organizer of the MasterClass at the USM and researcher at CCTVal.

The day began with an introductory talk on particle physics, given by the professor of the Department of Physics, Alfonso Zerwekh. Then the students made a guided virtual visit to the Control Room of the ATLAS experiment at CERN, broadcast live from Geneva, Switzerland, where they were able to ask questions to the guides and get to know firsthand, how is a normal day of work in the swedish center.

The program continued with an introduction to the Hypatia software, which allows analyzing the LHC collision events interactively and visually. The results obtained by the students (50 events per each) were combined, discussed and contrasted through a moderate international video chat from FermiLab (Chicago), in this instance other universities from Latin America also participated.

Enriching experience

In terms of the experience, Rodolfo Cautivo, teacher of Physics at Franco English School of Viña del Mar, said that "it is great to see how children get excited about areas that may not have the possibility of studying at school. On the other hand, integrating young people within a university community is also enriching because they are nurtured with what will be their entry into the University".

He also added that this methodology to teach particle physics "can be implemented quite well in the classroom. In general, we work with students who are in the elective of physics because they are more specialized. Here they have been able to learn about the masses and the interaction between certain particles, which is quite useful because it can be applicable at school, "said Cautivo.

Meanwhile, the student of the Robles School from Villa Alemana, Antonia Lemus, highlighted the activity indicating that "it is a very educational and didactic day for us, where we are explain in a clear and simple way some physical processes that are complex. They treat a very abstract area, but they explain it without technicalities so that we can understand it. So I think it's a super powerful activity for those of us who want to follow a path in the sciences", she concluded.

Escrito por Super User 04 · Jun · 2018

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