CERN's Beamline for Schools Competition or just BL4S is a scientific competition open to high school students from all over the world with a fabulous prize by any standards: to conduct an experiment for 10 days on-site at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Now entering its fourth annual cycle, BL4S has allowed hundreds of schools around the world to experience particle physics research first hand by preparing their proposals for experiments, frequently with guidance from members of the International Particle Physics Outreach Group, IPPOG, and other physicists around the world. Through this competition students test themselves as innovators, problem solvers and collaborators, and are motivated to embark in STEM careers to meet the growing demand for a stronger workforce with STEM skills.

And that’s not all! All participants receive a certificate; while shortlisted teams win a BL4S t-shirt for each team member, a cosmic-ray detector for the school (introduced for the first time in 2016) and, for some, the chance to visit a nearby physics laboratory.

So far, 6 teams, from Greece and the Netherlands in 2014, Italy and South Africa in 2015 and Poland and the UK in 2016 have seized this thrilling once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thanks to voluntary support, two more teams will be the next ones to see their dreams come true in 2017.

In those three years, CERN engaged more than 550 teams of over 5,400 students from around the globe to test their knowledge and skills participating in the competition with a full experimental proposal. 

With your donation, we can do even greater things! Help us carry on in 2017 and provide an opportunity to more high school students to experience real science in a creative and amusing way.

You can find out more about the competition and latest updates at this link.

 


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