950 pupils in scientists’ shoes

Children from Saint-Sixt school performed a placyabout research.


The project Be a Scientist encountered a great success again for its 2019 edition.

For 3 months, 43 teachers and over 950 pupils have tried to find out what was the content of mystery boxes, in the way CERN scientists look for invisible elementary particles. Classes from Geneva, Ain and Haute-Savoie have conducted investigations using successive hypotheses and experiments.

Thanks to a collaborative website, classes were encouraged to share their progress with each other. They also had the opportunity to visit CERN and the Physiscope.

Some of the classes finally met one another on four final conferences organized at the Globe of Science and Innovation and in Haute-Savoie on Monday 8 April 2019. The children presented their research in the form of talks, theatre, posters and exhibition stands. They also met CERN scientists and asked them all their questions.

Initiated in 2011, the project Be a Scientist is the fruit of a collaboration between University of Geneva, Département de l'Instruction Publique (Geneva) and Education nationale (France). If you are a teacher and want to participate in a future edition, visit http://voisins.cern/en/offre/be-scientist.


Children from la Roseraie school present their research on mass loss.

Magdalena Kowalska and Barbara Holzer answered questions about their job as CERN researchers.


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