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Education and Outreach
Are you astounded by supersymmetry?
Excited by the Higgs boson?
Think neutrinos are supremo?
Express Media, COSMOS magazine, Blue Vapours and CoEPP (Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale) have joined together to create a home for artistic explorations and responses to all things particle physics. The Collision website, exhibition and accompanying zine (which will be launched in National Science Week 2012) are your opportunity to respond visually to these exciting scientific concepts.
You don’t have to be a comics-crazy art-hound or an Oscar-winning cinematographer to get involved. We think artwork, in any form, is sometimes the best way to express your love of particle physics.
Visit the Collision website and our Facebook page for some inspiration, and to take a peek at what other people are submitting. From the entries submitted to the website by July 13, a selection of thirteen comics will be picked by judges for inclusion in the Collision zine, a printed publication which will be distributed all over Australia—to schools, libraries and universities. Other favourites will be exhibited during National Science Week. There are three prizes up for grabs: a people’s choice, a multimedia prize for the best animation or film work, and a prize for best the best graphic entry, which may include publication in the literary science magazine COSMOS. COSMOS has a global following and reaches 400,000 people every month.
Some things to think about...
How DID we get here?
Is the Big Bang Theory just a TV show or is there something more to it?
Is dark matter something that happens when you switch the light off and why are particle physicists all raving about it? What’s this Higgs boson thingy all about? Come to think of it… what are fundamental particles?
And what do particle physicists DO exactly?
This initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.
Outreach and educational activities by the Centre are aimed at:
engaging young people with the concepts of particle physics; and
- developing public knowledge of Australia's role in the global quest for knowledge in this area.
Photo by David Linnet
If your school is interested in receiving a visit from one of our physicists, please contact
The ATLAS Experiment (1.2MB PDF)
(Fact sheets courtesy of ATLAS and CERN)