Particle physics masterclasses
Our Unit organizes two particle physics masterclasses per year. The International Masterclass, organized jointly with CERN, takes place beginning of March. Another one is held in November, during the Science Week.
In these actividaties, about 40 high-school students (2nd course of bachillerato) spend the day at CIEMAT to perform a hands-on exercise, analysing real data collected by the CMS experiment at the CERN's LHC collider, using computers provided by CIEMAT. Prior to the exercise, we give a seminar on particle physics, particle colliders, detectors and, most important, about what is the goal of the exercise and how it is performed. The practical hands-on session is upervised by CIEMAT researchers that participate in the CMS experiment. The masterclass is closed after a final session in which the results obtained by the students are discussed. Also, a quiz on particle physics allow the students to demonstrar what they have assimilated during the day.
The agendas of the two masterclasses differ slightly. The agenda of the International Masterclass, in March, includes a videoconference session with other high schools from over the world. The videoconference is not in the agenda of the Sience Week Masterclass. Besides that, the seminars and ahnds-on exercise are identical.
The registration period is opened aproximately a month prior to each masterclass. Estudents must be registered by their high school teachers using a form that we will link here. Given the limited number of available positions, most likely just one or two students will be selected per high school. Therefore, teachers are recommended to list the students according to their interest in particle physics. We especially encourage women to participate in the Masterclass. Actual presence and relevance of women in science is still scarce and we firmly believe talent, curiosity and scientific motivation are not the heritage of any particular gender.