Be a Physicist

Every year since 2011, pupils and their teachers have been following in the footsteps of researchers.

What are hypotheses, data and proof? How do you conduct an experiment? Or disseminate its results? These are the types of question that the children and their teachers will be invited to ask.

The project “Be a Physicist” is the fruit of a collaboration between educational institutions from both sides of French-Swiss border: University of Geneva, Département de l'Instruction Publique (Geneva) and Education nationale (France). It introduces children aged from 9 to 12 years to the scientific research process as they study a mysterious box that they are not allowed to open. The programme also includes a visit to CERN or to PhysiScope at the University of Geneva, as well as a final conference in June. 


From January to June each year.


Schools should schedule sessions lasting around 90 minutes each week for five months.

Minimum age


Maximum Age



French (there are kits available in English)


At the participating schools in France and Switzerland, at CERN and at PhysiScope at the University of Geneva.

How to sign up

Teachers interested in taking part in this activity should apply at the start of the school year via the DIP’s primary school training catalogue if in Geneva, or by contacting the educational advisers Elisabeth Tournier if in the Haute-Savoie department or Sandrine Saison-Marsollier and Didier Richard if in the department of the Ain.



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