Beamline for schools

CERN is offering high-school students from around the world the chance to create and perform a scientific experiment on a CERN accelerator beamline. What better way to learn about physics? Now in its fifth year, the Beamline for Schools competition is open to teams of at least 5 students aged 16 and up with at least one adult supervisor, or "coach". Find out about the beamline and facilities via, then think of a simple, creative experiment. Submit your written proposal and short video by the end of March 2018. Previous winners have tested webcams and classroom-grown crystals in the beamline, others have studied how particles decay and investigated high-energy gamma rays. What would you do?

Prizes: All participants will receive a certificate. Shortlisted teams will win a BL4S t-shirt for each team member, a cosmic-ray detector (CosmicPi) for the school and, for some, the chance to visit a nearby physics laboratory. For the winning team(s), nine members and up to two adult coaches per team will be invited, all expenses paid, to CERN for 10 days to carry out the experiments on the beamline.

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September 2018


10 days

Minimum age


Maximum Age



English, French



How to sign up

Register before 31 March 2018 on

Key dates:

  • July 2017 – Registration opens. Register your team name and your coach’s contact details now to start receiving email updates.    ​​
  • 31 Mar 2018 – Submission deadline. Submit your 1000-word proposal and 1-minute video (both in English only) by midnight CET.   
  • Jun 2018 – Winners announced. CERN announces between 10 and 20 shortlisted teams, two of these teams will come to CERN.    
  • Preferably Sep 2018 – Winners conduct their experiment at CERN. Exact dates will be agreed between CERN and the winning teams.  



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