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What is S'Cool LAB?

S’Cool LAB is a Physics Education Research facility at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland

We offer high school students and their teachers the chance to take part in hands-on & minds-on particle physics experiment sessions on-site at CERN. Participating in S'Cool LAB activities enables teachers to give their students a glimpse of life and work in a world-leading international research institute. By getting hands-on with physics in S'Cool LAB, students can make discoveries independently, learn to work scientifically and apply their knowledge in a new setting. Students also have the chance to engage directly with members of CERN's scientific community. Activities in S'Cool LAB are not just a fun experience for students and teachers visiting CERN. We also carry out education research with the help of our participants. Find out more about our physics education research projects.

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How can teachers and students get involved?

Our opportunities for high school teachers and students to participate in S'Cool LAB activities are:

  • S'Cool LAB Cloud Chambers: High school students build their own particle detectors using simple equipment in this 90-minute hands-on workshop.
  • S'Cool LAB PLUS+: High school groups contribute to our education research by taking part in hands-on particle physics experiment sessions.
  • Classroom activities: If you cannot come to CERN, have a look at our favourite classroom activities, a collection of ideas how to introduce particle physics in your classroom in a hands-on way.

Click on the links below to find out more about these opportunities.

CERNies: Get involved!

S'Cool LAB relies on volunteers from CERN's scientific community to deliver our programmes. If you work at CERN and are interested in becoming a S'Cool LAB tutor, or if you want to learn more about our Open Cloud Chamber Workshop for CERN people, visit our web pages for CERNies (CERN login required).