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Register for LHCreate to bring CERN to the classroom

This year, IdeaSquare will welcome LHCreate’s fourth edition on 18 and 19 October. Everyone at CERN is warmly invited to take part

Illustration of a jack in the box.

LHCreate is a hackathon that brings together creative people from CERN as well as students from IPAC Design Genève to work together. The 2018 edition is organised by the CMS, ATLAS and ALICE experiments and will challenge participants to build prototype exhibits that are fun, creative, and reproducible by students from twelve to sixteen years old to give them a taste of what we do at CERN every day.

Four teams of contestants will have two days to design and build the prototypes. Participants will have the chance to collaborate with external actors, as teams will mix four CERN-affiliated people with two student designers from the Geneva IPAC design school. IdeaSquare’s labs and workshops will be made available and a large supply of components and material will also be in place for the construction of the exhibits.

Professionals in the fields of physics, product design, communication and teaching will be there to advise the teams. A panel of four judges will then select the winning team according to the following criteria:

·       Scientific content: 30%

·       Suitability for the classroom (including size): 30%

·       Product design: 30%

·       Reproducibility: 10%

After two days of fun, work and free pizza, the teams will present their prototypes during an evening public event at the Globe, in front of the panel of judges and members of the public. Prizes include ski passes, restaurant vouchers, spa treatments and tickets for the TEDxCERN 2018. The winning exhibit will be displayed at CERN for visitors. The specifications will be made available to all interested schools so they can build their own version.

If you have a creative mind, a taste for teamwork and challenges, join us!

Register at: http://lhcreate.web.cern.ch/. The application is open until 8 October.

Poster of the event featuring an illustration of a jack in the box.