Open Discovery Space

More than 500 junior and senior high-schoolers from seven different locations in Greece had the opportunity for a virtual visit to the CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) experiment today, in collaboration with the Open Discovery Space project. W. With the use of lightweight technology, senior engineer Andromachi Tsirou offered students a unique tour of the CMS detector, located 100m underground on the French side of the LHC. At the same time, Antonis Agapitos and Nikos Chrysogelos, junior members of the CMS collaboration, answering students’ questions live online from the CMS control room.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Andromachi at the heart of the CMS detector zooming in the inner tracker; simply amazing”, says Angelos Alexopoulos of CERN’s Education Group who coordinated today’s virtual tour. “The messages we got from the local organizers at all seven schools just after the tour gave us confidence that we could expand on this by organizing similar national-level events in the future for inspiring even a bigger number of young people around the world,” he says.

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