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Year 7 students attend ATOM Science Festival

Everything is made of atoms and atoms are made of protons, neutrons and electrons. Are these the smallest particles that exist? Are they made up of even smaller particles? How do scientists find out?

Fifteen Year 7 students took part in a particle physics workshop run by the University of Birmingham where they found out how physicists can answer these questions. The girls learned about families of sub-atomic particles and how these are investigated in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Then the girls made models of particles and their corresponding antiparticles and produced Feynman diagrams and stories about particle annihilation and creation.

The academics invited the students to ask questions and they were very impressed by the depth and insight shown by the students as they discussed particle physics.

Thanks to Abingdon School and the ATOM Science Festival for organising this excellent event.


Dr Nickerson

STEM Coordinator

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