Arconic Foundation* supports the 2017 Beamline for Schools Competition


For the second consecutive year, Arconic Foundation and the CERN & Society Foundation have partnered to make the 4th edition of the Beamline for Schools Competition (BL4S) possible. Once again, in 2017, a fully equipped beamline will be made available for students and, as in previous years, two teams will be invited to CERN to perform their experiments under the supervision of CERN experts. 

High-school students aged 16 years or older from anywhere in the world will have the chance to test their scientific knowledge and skills, participating in the competition with a full experimental proposal and a short video. Previous winners have tested webcams and classroom-grown crystals in the beamline, others have studied how particles decay and investigated high-energy gamma rays. There is a whole range of possibilities for 2017 and two teams will have the unique opportunity to act as scientists in residence, spending 10 days at CERN performing their experiments. 

The BL4S project has managed to engage more than 5,000 high school students and 400 teachers with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), aiming at nurturing and inspiring the next generation of scientists and innovators. With the renewed support of Arconic Foundation, we can continue bringing science closer to young people and offering them exciting and creative opportunities for hands-on scientific experience that can complement and reinforce the school curriculum. 

You can find out more about the competition, the beamline and experimental facilities, and read about winning teams from previous years on the BL4S website


*Arconic Foundation resulted from the separation of the former Alcoa Foundation, currently Legacy Alcoa Foundation, to two new foundations: a new Alcoa Foundation and Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation will focus on advancing STEM education and skills training worldwide.