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December 2004

The Heart of the Matter: Inside CERN, The World's Largest Particle Accelerator
CERN (The European Center for Nuclear Research, in French).
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

CERN, the World's Largest Particle Accelerator, is part of the larger Exploratorium site and features scientists and machines that explore the universe’s tiniest particles.
The site design includes links to the main areas of the site within the text of the frontpage. QuickTime, Flash and Real Player are needed.

Teachers and students of physics will find this site interesting. Visitors can meet the scientist through video interviews and learn what inspires them to search for the secrets of matter, or view the standard model and learn what s already known and what is being discovered about the building blocks of matter. Users can also learn about the “big ideas” such as antimatter and the Big Bang that are behind the experiments at CERN and follow a proton through an accelerator as well as learn about the giant machines. The site also offers live Webcasts where you’ll meet with scientists, machine operators, control-room jockeys, and others who make CERN a vibrant exciting location for doing science. The Webcasts are also archived for a period of time for online viewing. Included is a news section for keeping abreast of the latest developments and a virtual tour of the facility.


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