The First CERN Masterclass in Nis

DSC_3528aEach spring during last 12 years, CERN and the group IPPOG (International Particle Physics Outreach Group) organize a one-day program CERN Masterclass. In collaboration with around 220 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.

In Serbia, the international program “Masterclasses – Hands on Particle Physics” was organized for the seventh time and for the first 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 Wednesday, March 23 in the Conference Hall and the Computer Centre of the Faculty.

DSC_3530aThe CERN Masterclass in Nis was attended by 34 pupils from secondary schools from Nis, Kladovo, Pirot and other towns in the region and 3 teachers. All participants received certificates prepared by the organizing team in cooperation with associates. Twenty pupils attended the section in the Computer center where they had opportunity to analyze the real data from the CERN experiment. Pupils in pairs analyzed one of the 10 data sets from the ATLAS experiment, each of datasets consists of 50 events. 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 where, beside Nis, pupils from other part of the world took part (Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Kragujevac, Serbia; Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil; Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; University of Warwick, UK ; CERN, Geneva, Switzerland).

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 Prof. Dr. Goran Djordjevic, Prof. Dr. Ljubisa Nesic, Dr Dragoljub Dimitrijevic, assistant Danilo Delibasic and Dr. Marko Dimitrijevic from the Faculty of Electronics. Collaborators in realization of the program were Milan Milosevic, Jelena Aleksic and Marko Stojanovic.

More information, in Serbian, about the first CERN Masterclass in Nis is available at the website of the Department of Physics.