Each spring during last 13 years, CERN and the group IPPOG (International Particle Physics Outreach Group) organize a one-day program CERN Masterclass. In collaboration with around 200 institutes and universities around the world, high school students have the opportunity to learn about the physics of elementary particles, as well as many other areas of physics, science and technology, and to analyze real data collected in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This year more than 13.000 high school students in 52 countries took part in this program.
In Serbia, the international program “Masterclasses – Hands on Particle Physics” was organized for the eight time and for the second time at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science in Nis. Local organizers, in addition to the Department of Physics, were the SEENET-MTP Office and Physical Society Niš. The program was held on Friday, March 17 in the Conference Hall and the Computer Centre of the Faculty. Earlier this month the program was organized in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac.
The CERN Masterclass in Nis was attended by 37 pupils from secondary schools from Nis, Vranje and Trstenik. All participants received certificates prepared by the organizing team in cooperation with associates. All students attended the section in the Computer center where they had opportunity to analyze the real data from the CERN experiment. After a successful recognizing of events the individual results of all pairs were combined and sent to CERN. The results were presented during a video conference, moderated by representatives from CERN, where, beside Nis, students from Braga, (Portugal), Opava (Czech Republic) and Pisa (Italy) took part.
The lecturers were researchers from Serbia who arrived for the occasion from CERN: Dr. Predrag Milenović, coordinator of CERN Masterclass for Serbia, Dr. Jelena Jovicevic and Dr. Marina Krstic Marinkovic. Besides, the lecturers from Department of physics were Dr. Dragoljub Dimitrijevic and Milan Milosevic. Collaborators in realization of the program were Jelena Aleksic, Danilo Delibasic and Marko Stojanovic.
In addition, virtual visit to CERN and CMS detector was organized for students. The hosts for the visit were Dr. Dragoslav Lazic amd Nebojsa Smiljkovic (members of the CMS collaboration) and Prof. Dr. Goran Djordjevic (Chair Theoretical Physics, Niš and visiting scientist at CERN-TH).
More information, in Serbian, about the second CERN Masterclass in Nis are available at the website of the Department of Physics.