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Beamline for Schools competition 2015 launches today

High-school students: Register your team today for the chance to win a trip to CERN and run real experiments using a fixed-target beamline


(Video: CERN)

CERN is famous for the Higgs boson discovery and the invention of the World Wide Web, but there’s much more to the laboratory than that. A large part of CERN’s research and development is carried out at so-called fixed-target beamlines. These projects range from investigating the inner workings of protons to probing the mysteries of antimatter. In 2015, CERN will once again be making a fully equipped beamline available for schools. Beam time will be allocated to the one or more teams that win the 2015 Beamline for Schools contest.

The competition is open to high-school students aged 16 or older, in teams of up to 30 students, nine of whom would – if their team wins – come to CERN to run their experiments.

Teams may be composed of students from a single school, or a number of schools working together. Proposals will be pre-selected by a committee of CERN scientists, with the short list being sent on to the SPS and PS experiments Committee (SPSC), the committee that validates all proposals for experiments at the laboratory’s SPS and PS accelerators.

The first step is to register your team and tell us why you think you should win time to conduct your experiments on the beamline. Registration closes at midnight CET on 31 January 2015.

The second step involves submitting a two-part proposal: a written proposal and a 1-minute video about your proposed experiment. The deadline for submitting the experiment proposals is midnight CET on 31 March 2015.

For more information about how to apply and to read about the winning teams from 2014 see the Beamline for Schools website.

The Beamline for Schools team will hold a Google+ hangout in English on 4 December 2014 at 5pm CET on CERN’s YouTube channel. Researchers from CERN as well as last year's winning teams will be on hand to answer questions.

Good luck!