Particle Physics Workshop

A half/whole day workshop for 30 maximum primary (or secondary) school students is available on request. The workshop can be run at the University or in your school. Please contact Prof. C. Lazzeroni. The workshop includes:

  • Interactive talk on the research that is carried out at CERN, the atomic and sub-atomic structure of matter and the families of particles in the standard model.
  • Interactive demos on how physicists discover what particles are inside atoms without being able to see the particles themselves
  • Workshop 1 where students design and make a model of a subatomic particle using simple materials e.g. plastic balls, plasticine, decorations.
  • Workshop 2 where students write a story, or act a story, on how subatomic particles interact with each other.
  • Happy families game, where students familiarise themselves with the families of particles.
  • Snap game, where students learn the "likes" and "dislikes" of particles and how these affect their interactions.

Below are the resources of the workshop that are available to use:

The workshop has travelled to various primary and secondary schools since 2014 with great success.  This work has been published in the Physics Education journal.

The resources of the workshop have been translated into Italian and Greek. We have trained Ogden Outreach Officers and STEM ambassadors so that the workshop can be delivered in a larger geographical area. Please find your closest Ogden Outreach Officer.

Translation in Greek by Mrs Despoina Armenaki, school teacher of 3rd Primary School of Chios. Greek terminology advise by Prof Christina Kourkoumeli.


Material developed for this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Any material used should be credited to Prof C Lazzeroni and Dr M Pavlidou. Questions relating to the conditions of use may be sent to the Physics Outreach Team.