CERN announces winners of its 2016 beamline for schools competition of which NI is a proud contributor

CERN has announced the winners of its 2016 Beamline for Schools competition. Two teams of high-school students, “Pyramid hunters” from Poland and “Relatively Special” from the United Kingdom, have been selected to travel to CERN in September to carry out their own experiments using a CERN accelerator beam. The winners were selected from a total of 151 teams from 37 countries around the world, adding up to more than 1250 high-school students.

The Beamline for Schools competition enables high-school students to run an experiment on a fully equipped CERN Beamline, in the same way that researchers do at the Large Hadron Collider and other CERN facilities. Students had until 31st March to submit a written proposal and video explaining why they wanted to come to CERN. The proposals were evaluated by CERN scientists and experts based on creativity, motivation, feasibility and scientific method. A final selection was put forward to the CERN scientific committee responsible for assigning beam time to experiments who chose two winning teams to carry out their experiments together at CERN.

NI is a proud contributor of the BL4S project, for which NI donated copies of the LabVIEW Student Edition and engineering development hours with an NI LabVIEW Expert to the teams.

See more information about the competition here.

Here are the teams promotional videos:

Team "Pyramid hunters" video 

Team "Relatively Special" video 

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