Bringing cutting edge science into the classroom: particle physics RD484 / J01

Start date
12 Jul 16
1 Day
University of Bristol, School of Physics HH Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TL View on Google Map


Over 120 years ago we did not have a good understanding of how an atom was constructed and the nature of its constituent parts.  Thanks to nuclear and particle physicists, and the bubble chambers and particle accelerators they use, we now have a much better understanding not just of “everyday matter”, but the hundreds of exotic particles that are predicted by the standard model of particle physics.

This quantum understanding has given us not just the ability to build faster and smaller computers, but to make accurate computer simulations of chemical processes, and understand biological processes at a fundamental level, like how quantum entanglement holds DNA together or why photosynthesis is so efficient.
Sometimes to answer the biggest questions we have to look at smallest details.  This course could cover a range of topics, from quantum and nuclear physics, photons and particles, to the potential for nuclear fusion to provide almost unlimited energy.  If you are interested in these topics, there will be something in this course for you. 
There may be a course looking at the search for the Higgs Boson, how physicists, engineers and mathematicians work together to build the colossal machines they use, or what the uses are of this new knowledge.  In this ever-changing world, with more complex technologies arriving more regularly we will look at how Particle Physics is playing its part.



Participants will be able to:

• develop and update their knowledge by engaging with scientists involved in cutting edge research

• use authentic contexts for the effective delivery of science content, and to deepen understanding of how science works, including controversies and ethical issues

• engage with active and inspiring teaching approaches and learning activities



Bringing cutting edge science into the classroom; particle physics12 July 201612:00-17:00University of Bristol


Research Councils UK


Thanks to funding from the Research Councils UK (RCUK), all CPD which is part of the Bringing Cutting Edge Research into the Classroom programme qualifies for a bursary of up to £180 per day.

With funding and support from Research Councils UK, the Bringing Cutting Edge Research into the Classroom programme has been created with leading scientists to support the teaching of STEM subjects at GCSE and A level, delivered via the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, and working in partnership with leading researchers at the cutting edge of contemporary science. 

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£150.00 +VATSubsidy available*£125.00

Teachers or technicians working in state-funded schools or colleges in the UK are eligible for these subsidies which can be used to contribute to covering the cost of course fees, supply cover, travel, accommodation, or equipment for your school. Find out more.

Participants from outside the UK will be charged the course fee and an additional £120 per day plus VAT.

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