Engaging young people with our science

Marjorie G. Bardeen, L. Bravina, Y. Foka, S. Kabana
2015 EPJ Web of Conferences  
When we reach out to the youngest children, our goal is to create interest rather than teach physics. We go where they are: in schools, libraries, museums, where people meet one another-at shopping malls, festivals, and markets. We share our work by engaging children in conversation and appropriate hands-on activities. We lead by asking questions and getting children to ask questions too. This is often a different way of communicating than we are used to. However, many available resources make
more » ... ble resources make this easier. The International Particle Physics Outreach Group (IPPOG) has an excellent online resources database [1]. We had just such an event, Science Hoists Sails, during the conference. Held at the Chania Sailing Club, Neorio Moro, we organized an ALTAS Masterclass and set up seven activities that gave visitors a chance to explore particle structure, paths and patterns, conservation laws, collect data to make a measurement using indirect evidence, and put together a jigsaw puzzle of CERN's ATLAS detector. Several conference participants and accompanying persons served as explainers to engage the visitors with these hands-on activities meant to interest people ages 9 to 90.
doi:10.1051/epjconf/20149502001 fatcat:imnsv4ttwnhxfmcsm3y3jxsbmq