Particle Physics Manager: LHC Startup Edition

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

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Publications

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Description This grant is to develop a computer game based on Particle Physics research. Specifically, players are asked to build and run an international laboratory, including hiring people and manage resources, and conduct research in order to discover the Higgs boson. The game is meant to communicate the fascination of particle physics while educating the player to proper physics concepts about particles in general, the Higgs boson specifically and the topic of particle detection at large.
Exploitation Route The Particle Game is downloadable from web, and can be used in schools to enlarge the curriculum. It is also used at outreach events.
Sectors Education

 
Description The game has been used in several outreach events and school events like the British Science Festival. The game attracts young people attention and illustrate well the basic ideas of particle physics research. The feedback has been positive, and lead to several improvements, funded by the University of Birmingham in hiring summer students to further develop the game, including 3D graphics. The game is still used in Outreach events.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Education
Impact Types Societal

 
Description summer studentships
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2011 
End 09/2016
 
Description Daytime entertainment talk at Royal Society Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact about 400 people attended talk and discussion afterwards

very positive feedback received by audience, who was enthusiastic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Exhibit at British Science Festival 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact about 100 students tried the game and liked it a lot, and gave us feedback for improvements. Teachers said they would be willing to play game at school as educational tool.

students said they would be willing to pay and buy the game. teachers said they would be willing to use game at school as educational tool for particle physics and business studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Talk and exhibit at British Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 200 people attended the talk, asked question and had discussion afterwards. same number visit the exhibit.

schools asked about borrowing detectors for school demo. teachers invited me to give further talks at their schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description talk at Science week at school in birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 50 students attended and had discussion afterwards

school asked me to visit regularly to have a extra-curriculum science activity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009