We run a range of outreach activities that give school students the opportunity to contribute to scientific research and to work on actual research projects. From analysing data from the Large Hadron Collider to building cosmic ray detectors, our activities give students hands-on experience.

Bringing cosmic ray detectors to schools with HiSparc


HiSparc is a very successful outreach project in which secondary school students get to participate in real research into cosmic rays. Participating schools receive a DIY cosmic ray detector kit for students to build and install. Once set up, data from the dectector feeds into a central database and is analysed by the students, as well as by researchers studying cosmic rays. Find out more about HiSparc and how to get involved here.

Particle Physics Masterclass

Designed by our researchers and tailored for sixth-form students, our particle physics masterclass is designed to introduce students to the research being carried out at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. Students spend the day with our researchers learning about their research before analysing data from the collider themselves. Find out more about our Particle Physics Masterclass here.  


Members of the theme regularly give talks on particle physics and other topics to audiences at all levels, including sixth form students, school children and members of the wider public.To see a list of talks and demos given by members of the group and other staff at the School of Physics here

Other websites

  • The Particle Physics UK webite ran by the Science and Technology Facilities Council has great information for anyone wanting to know more about particle physics.
  • The Particle Adventure website has an interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matters, accelerators and particle detectors.
  • Professor David Miller's award-winning analogy for expaining in simple terms the Higgs Boson.
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