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ATLAS Masterclass

[Updated March 17, 2020]: Due to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the public programs have temporarily been placed on hold. Please refer to TRIUMF's COVID-19 resources page for further updates.

Discover the world of High Energy Particle Physics by analyzing real data from the ATLAS Experiment

  • Explore a nearby university or research center

  • Learn about research topics and methods that are fundamental to particle physics

  • Analyze measurements on real data from the ATLAS particle physics experiment at CERN

  • Network with other high school students and researchers in a video conference to discuss results

What is ATLAS?

ATLAS is one of the two general-purpose detectors at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The ATLAS Collaboration consists of several thousand researchers, including over a hundred scientists from TRIUMF and Canadian universities, conducting research with the ATLAS detector. ATLAS attempts to answer questions regarding the basic building blocks and forces of nature. Ground-breaking research is continuously being done with ATLAS, including the discovery of the Higgs boson.

What is Masterclass?

Every year, ten thousand high school students in almost 200 universities or research centers from 50 different countries come together to unravel the mysteries of particle physics in the Particle Physics Masterclass. Participate in lectures from leading physics researchers, a live video conference with the ATLAS control room in Switzerland, and tours of the research facilities. Students will be able to experience what it is like to be a particle physicist by analyzing real data from the ATLAS project. At the end of the day, like all international research collaborations, students will join in a video conference with other Masterclass sites for discussion and combine their results.

TRIUMF has partnered with Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria to bring the Masterclass experience to high school students in BC.  The events will be hosted by the local scientists involved in the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN. 

2020 Registration

ATLAS Masterclass will take place on Saturday, April 4th from 8:30 am until 4:15 pm in three different locations:

  • TRIUMF - 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C.  V6T-2A3      Map
  • Simon Fraser University - Shrum Science P-Bldg., 8888 University Drive, Burnaby B.C. V5A-1S6   Map
  • University of Victoria - 3800 Finnerty Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Map

There is no public registration for the event at the University of Victoria; local high school science teachers will be contacted.

Masterclass Information

Latest News

March 13, 2020: Out of an abundance of caution related to the spread of COVID-19, ATLAS Masterclass 2020 has been cancelled.

February 24, 2020: Only a couple of seats remain at TRIUMF. We will be managing waitlist at this location once the registration list is full. Simon Fraser University is >50% occupied. Reserve now to be guaranteed a place at this location.

February 18, 2020: Seats at the TRIUMF location are filling up fast! Reserve now for a spot at this location or Simon Fraser University.

February 10, 2020: Registration is now OPEN at TRIUMF and SFU for the 2020 ATLAS Masterclass. Please see the links above to register.