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Register now for Beamline for Schools 2022

Are you a high-school student or teacher anywhere in the world? Register now for a unique opportunity to create and perform a scientific experiment at CERN

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Students at work: A Beamline for Schools 2021 winning team working on their experiment. Two teams, hailing from Italy and Mexico, spent two weeks at DESY to perform their experiments. (Image: CERN)

Beamline for Schools 2022 is kicking off! Since 2014, this competition has been offering teams of high-school students from all over the world the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a scientist at a major particle physics laboratory. It is open to teams of five students or more, aged 16 and over, led by an adult supervisor, or “coach”.

Participants are invited to think of a simple and creative experiment that can be performed at the beamline of a particle accelerator. The written proposal – with an optional short video – must be submitted by 15 April 2022 CET at midnight, the deadline for applications. The task may sound very challenging or even intimidating, but participants can draw inspiration from previous years’ proposals. They can also count on the help of the Beamline for Schools team and of regional contact persons from different countries.

Following the reviewing process, two winning teams get the opportunity to conduct their experiments at a particle physics facility. After three very successful editions at DESY, Germany’s national laboratory for particle physics in Hamburg, participants will come back to CERN for the 2022 edition. The experiments will be carried out at one of the recently renewed beamlines of the Proton Synchrotron accelerator.

All participants will receive a participation certificate, shortlisted teams will be awarded special prizes and the winners – up to nine students and two coaches per team – will be invited to CERN for 10 to 15 days to perform their experiments, with all expenses paid.

A series of online events introducing participants to the competition, to particle physics and to CERN will be organised by April 2022.

Find out more about Beamline for Schools and register here by 15 April 2022.