Seventy percent of students attending this year’s Particle Physics Masterclasses at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire have said they would consider a career in science after being inspired by the activities.
The National Particle Physics Masterclass is a popular series of one day events for sixth form students and their teachers, run by practicing particle physics researchers at various institutes all over the country and co-ordinated through the Institute of Physics. They form part of the government’s campaign to try and increase the number of people studying science, technology, and engineering subjects and entering related careers.
The sessions at the world famous laboratory last week included interactive workshops, where students simulated the large particle collider experiments at CERN. They also had lectures from physics experts and tours of some of key physics facilities including ISIS (the world-leading neutron and muon source) and Diamond (a giant electron synchrotron the size of five football pitches).