ATLAS, Play! – Teaching particle physics through educational games
November 17, 2020
Educational games and activities have proven benefits for achieving learning objectives. They motivate competition, provide immediate rewards for success, and encourage collaborative, problem-based learning - all while framed as a fun activity, rather than laborious task. An overview of ATLAS educational games developed by members of the ATLAS Collaboration is given, including: `Making a Splash', a water-balloon game teaching the physics of colliders; `Proton Cookies', explaining the constituents of a proton through baked goods; `Build Your Own Particle Detector', using stackable plastic bricks to talk about particle detectors and physics ; and `Particle Twister', teaching the Standard Model through the game of Twister. Use cases of these games are described and user feedback is presented.
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