Summer Student Project: Development of a hands-on and minds-on Physics Workshop


CERN's education laboratories offer high-school students the chance to take part in hands-on and minds-on physics workshops on-site at CERN. These workshops are about several CERN-related physics topics (e.g. Lorentz force) set in different contexts (e.g. LHC dipole magnets). In these workshops, students can make discoveries independently, learn to work and think scientifically, and engage directly with members of CERN's scientific community. The positive effect of these workshops on students’ physics related conceptual understanding, interest, and self-beliefs has been shown (Woithe, 2020). The education laboratories seek to extend their offer by developing and evaluating new workshops. Therefore, CERN’s Physics Education Researchers, within the Teacher and Student Programmes section of IR-ECO, have examined (a) which contents are common in international school curricula and (b) which contexts are interesting for students. The aim of this Summer Student project is to develop a new workshop about a CERN related physics content that is (a) commonly represented in international school curricula and (b) set in an interesting context.

Training Value

The successful applicant will learn about different methods in Physics Education Research to develop workshops. For the study a design-based-research approach is foreseen. Moreover, the successful applicant will get an insight into the international environment offering on-site and virtual learning activities for students.

How to apply?

Applications are handled by CERN HR, please find the application information for CERN’s summer student programme at The application deadline for the current round is 31 January 2022.