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ATLAS Masterclass

Discover the world of High Energy Particle Physics by analyzing real data from the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. To help unravel the mysteries of particle physics, student will learn about research methods and topics, analyze real experimental data, and share results with other provincial sites over the course of a half-day video conference webinar.

During this half-day event every student will have the opportunity to:   

  • 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 to discuss results

Registration for (next planned event) 

ATLAS Masterclass takes place in late April, over a single day, 9am until 2pm Pacific Time.

  1. Registration is FREE on a first-come basis with a managed waitlist.   
  2. Tickets and additional information is available through eventbrite
  3. Confirmations and required documentation will be provided to all confirmed registrants via direct email.
  • with other high school students and researchers to discuss results

This masterclass is suggested for secondary school-aged students grade 10-12, who've enrolled in or completed AP science. Ticket holders will receive email confirmation with detailed location, agenda, and resource information prior to the event.

Space at TRIUMF is limited to the first 25 students who enroll, allowing researchers to maintain small group tutoring.

Follow @triumflab on social media with regular updates made to registration status under Latest News below. 

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?

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

During this time students will learn from leading physics researchers and 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 discussion with all other groups and combine their results.

Masterclass Information

Latest News

April 9th, 2024 - This event is now fully subscribed. Mainlaind metro Vancouver locations, SFU and TRIUMF participants, have received email confirmation of thier designations to attend each. Students on Vancouver Island are expected to register seperately through thier secondary school science teachers. ATLAS MC will return next year, on a similar date in Spring 2025.

February 20th, 2024 - Both TRIUMF and SFU locations have been fully reserved. The eventbrite waitlist will be actively managed over the following two months. Registrants on the waitlist will be taken in the order they appear, as space frees up or capacity is expanded. 

January 22nd, 2024 - eventbrite registration is now live. Visit the links provided above to enroll in your location of choice. 

January 15th, 2024 - ATLAS Masterclass returns to in-person and will take place on April 27th on location at TRIUMF, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and University of Victoria. Registration will be managed through eventbrite with further updates and links posted to social media @triumflab.

January 1st, 2024 - TRIUMF continues to expand on its public outreach website. Dive deeper into imagery, interactive media, and infographic art with Discover Our Lab here: