On this page you can access educational resources linked to the CERN@school project:
- A curriculum guide containing information on the discovery of radiation, the properties of alpha, beta and gamma particles, half-life, background radiation, cosmic rays and particle detection technology is available here.
- A users' guide covering the operation of the detector, case studies of how it is used in school, information on ionising radiation and how it is detected and how to take measurements and analyse data is available here.
With thanks to those who contributed to the development of these resources: Elizabeth Cunningham (STFC), Chris Shepherd (IOP), Gregor Steele (SSERC), Tom Whyntie (QMUL) and Gary Williams (IOP).
This experiment explores what happens to the numbers of alpha particles detected from a source as the distance is varied and a barrier is introduced.
The effect of placing different barriers between the detector and a source on the number of beta particles is investigated.
This experiment aims to capture a Muon produced as a result of a cosmic ray interacting with our atmosphere.
Measuring Background Radiation
There are many different sources of background radiation. This investigation gathers data from different locations in order to make comparisons.
Radon is produced in different quantities depending on the local area and environment. This experiment allows the study of the decay products of Radon.
- On receipt of your signed agreement you will be sent a link to make a request to book an MX-10 detector. Please note that these are in high demand and there may be limited availability.
- Before receiving the detector plan how you are going to use it. A common approach is to use it to demonstrate properties of radiation to younger students whilst senior students can use it for a research project. Along with starter experiments, guidance on how it links to the curriculum can be found here . You can get an idea of the types of work carried out so far by visiting TAPAS, our online analysis site.
- Upload any results to TAPAS so that they will be accessible to you once the detector has left the school. Carry out analysis and share your conclusions with IRIS either through a written report or poster.