On February 25, 2015, at 15 hours, 150 students and 10 teachers in Escola Secundária de Penafiel (Portuguese high school), made a virtual visit to CMS at CERN.
The activity was promoted by the European Project Open Discovery Space (ODS), and it was made, for the first time, with a total of five portuguese schools: Escola Secundária de Penafiel (Penafiel); Escola Secundária Ferreira Dias (Sintra); Escola Secundária José Saramago (Mafra), Agrupamento de Escolas Dra. Laura Ayres (Quarteira); Escola Secundária Adolfo Portela (Águeda).
The students saw the control room, the cavern of CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment, installed in LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and asked some questions to the scientists.
The students made a contact with portuguese scientists, Pedro da Silva, André David Mendes and José Carlos Silva, with technical support of Angelos Alexopoulos, Noemi Beni e Zoltan Zsillasi. They drove our students through CMS control room, and explained all the graphics in their computers, to the CMS cavern, 100 meters deep, and they explained all the objects observed, how it works and characteristics.
We achieved a total of 553 students in this virtual visit, and it was established a new record of students participating in a same session. All the students were pleased to visit virtually this especial science center.
Some feedback from our students:
“Hello teacher, I would like to thank you the opportunity to participate in something unique. For students that study Physics, CERN is the epicenter of investigation and knowledge. I loved the fact that we made contact with scientists and it was so fun how they present the detector and technologies provided by CERN. It was useful to extend the knowledge of tiny world despite the fact that we need such a huge machine, like CMS, to discover that world. To see all of this visit in real time image was exceptional...
Thanks to all, specially people at CERN and our teachers to make this happened.” - André Queirós
"Hello teacher, I'm written this email about our virtual visit to CERN. It was a visit that arises our interest and curiosity to know better CERN and the experiments made by scientist. The simple language used by scientists helps us to understand the experiments, and kept students' attention.
I liked to thank the availability and I hope someday to know CERN even better." - Ana Catarina Moreira
"Hello teacher, I like to thank you for the visit, even virtually, it was very good and educative. I hope to perform another visit, but this time a live one. I was curious on CERN center and LHC detectors, and the explanation of both made by site scientists.
I wish a year full of success and with new discoveries!" - João Pereira.
"Hello teacher, the virtual visit was very interesting, now I understand what happen in there and what scientists do, how do they do it and the level to acquire such performance in science and technology. It was important to see the detector and jobs possibilities to students. Thank you so much for this opportunity" - Tiago Carvalho
CERN: Angelos Alexopoulos, André David, José Silva, Pedro Silva, Noemi Beni and Zoltan Zsillasi.
School’s pilot teachers: Cristina Pinho, Marília Peres, Miguel Neta, Álvaro Folhas and José Gonçalves.
ODS support: Rosa Doran and José Gonçalves.
Schools: To our students, teachers, directors and IT technicians.
On the web:
CERN event - https://indico.cern.ch/event/365946/ (with video)
Portal do Astrónomo - http://www.portaldoastronomo.org/noticia.php?id=969
Escola Sec. Adolfo Portela - http://www.esap.edu.pt/informacoes/735-201503-visitacern