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Playing with Protons Introduction


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Playing with Protons is an education initiative led by the CMS experiment at CERN bringing together primary school teachers, science education specialists and CERN researchers to develop creative approaches to helping all primary students engage effectively in physics, discovery and innovation. The project manager is Dr. Angelos Alexopoulos Education and Outreach officer of the CMS Experiment at CERN. 
The pedagogical coordinator is the Physicist of the Hill Memorial School, Tina Nantsou. 
For 3 consecutive years since 2016 there have been Public Primary School Teachers Professional Development Courses held at CERN to utilise creative methodologies to develop educational scenarios and lesson plans for enhancing physics teaching and learning. 
This presentation was presented in CREATIONS summer school 2018 as part of a hands-on Playing with Protons workshop on Scientific Inquiry, Astronomy, Cosmology and Elementary Particles and LHC technology workshop. This is part 1. 

This presentation is the official presentation of Playing with Protons CPD course created by Angelos Alexopoulos

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Playing with Protons Introduction

  1. 1. CREATIONS Summer School 2018 Playing with Protons for a wonder-full primary classroom Elena Elliniadou, MEd Principal, ICT teacher trainer 2nd Primary School of Piraeus-Uruguay
  2. 2. Why? “Children naturally enjoy observing and thinking about nature.” (Eshach & Fried, 2005, p. 315) “It is, therefore, incumbent on the science educator to provide children with environments, materials, and activities, to develop their scientific reasoning while these ‘windows of opportunity’ are still open.” (ibid., p. 334) Playing with Protons workshop at the National Observatory of Athens, Greece
  3. 3. Why? “Action needs to begin at primary school - age 14 is too late.” “Efforts to broaden students’ aspirations, particularly in relation to STEM, need to begin in primary school. Currently most activities and interventions are targeted at secondary school students.”
  4. 4. PrimaryTeacherProfessionalDevelopmentat CERN Try out new learningactivities, especiallyhands-on experiments with everyday materials,to increase student interest,motivationand wonder. Experience the unique culture of cutting-edge science, technology and innovationat the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Get inspiredand motivatedto share newly acquired knowledge and wonder-full experience with peers, parents and the local community. Utilize creative methodologies to develop educational scenarios and lesson plans for enhancing primaryphysics teaching and learning.
  5. 5. What, Where, When 20142013 2016 20172015
  6. 6. Carlo Rubbia, Tina Nantsou, students of Hill Memorial School, Athens
  7. 7. 2016: 1st Greek Teacher PD course at CERN
  8. 8. 1st Greek Teacher PD at CERN: Feedback
  9. 9. 1st GreekTeacherPD at CERN: Publicity
  10. 10. 2017: Continuation and Expansion to UK
  11. 11. Our Greek Ambassadors* *Greek teachers trained at CERN. We have more ambassadors/members – see next slide!
  12. 12. Teachers Communities& Resources
  13. 13. Footprint* ~4,000students 2 countries 3 CPD courses 150+teachers50+schools *Up to 9 July 2018
  14. 14. Distinctions Particles4U (IPPOG) Looking…Up! (IAU OAD)
  15. 15. Moving on!
  16. 16. Creations Summer School 2018 ❖ Introduction to science inquiry ❖ Astronomy workshop ❖ Cosmology workshop ❖ Elementary Particles workshop