PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 390 - 40th International Conference on High Energy physics (ICHEP2020) - Parallel: Education and Outreach
ATLAS, Play! – Teaching particle physics through educational games
S. Mehlhase* on behalf of the ATLAS collaboration
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: November 17, 2020
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Abstract
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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