Atoms and marbles in Geneva

Last Tuesday, John Walker from Sheffield Hallam University had the opportunity to present TEMI to 52 physics teachers who were attending the Teachers Summer Programme at CERN, the famous particle physics laboratory based in Geneva, Switzerland.  TEMI collaborated with the head of the CERN education team, Rolf Landua, to design a workshop that would introduce the concept of the atom structure following the TEMI methodology. The lesson plan  - that will soon be available online – offers a structured investigation to discovery the shape of covered wooden pieces, drawing a parallel with the research carried on at CERN and with historical experiments, like Rutheford’s one. The teachers appreciated the approach of the lesson, that delivered information about atoms but also presented a structure that can be used for different lessons.