I only wish I could have thought of this for my final project

Putting a new spin on the old basketball and tennis ball ratio approach to scaling the Solar System, this youtube clip shows how hard it is for people to scale our Solar System, our Galaxy, and our Universe. I found this from a blog post in Discover from Bad Astronomy. Thanks, Phil Plait.

CERNland!

Everyone has heard of Disneyland, but what about the virtual world of CERNland where children can enrich their brains with knowledge about the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, CERN.

While spending the majority of my hours this weekend applying for science writing internships, I accidentally came across this cute website, which is geared towards teaching children the basics of atomic elements to more complex particle physics issues surrounding CERN, including a highly informative video explaining CERN in three minutes.

My curiosity was peaked as I clicked on the option to enter the website in English. You can navigate the various topics, games, and videos in six different languages, making this website accessible to countries across the globe. After my initial language choice, I was launched into the website and surrounded by entertaining sounds one might hear in one of those amazing episodes of Wile E. Coyote and his diabolical foe, the Roadrunner.

The site is filled with information encased in a fun package. From cartoon CERN scientist characters you can print and cut out to a game of Super Bob! where one controls a Bob through a series of questions about CERN while dodging angry red slugs and collecting candy bars for energy. Some of the questions are as basic as the circumference of the collider to something more involved like what dipole magnets are used for.

Meet Bob

This website certainly deserves some attention from both children and adults who are interested in research conducted to observe some of the first particles every created only miliseconds after the Big Bang. Acclaimed for its approach to teach children, CERNland was chosen best kids’ site by physics.org in 2011. To see the other four sites acknowledged for their sites focused towards a child audience click here.

It’s amazing how these science websites can teach complex science research, such as particle physics, to children who haven’t even learned their times tables, yet. The internet is truly a gift to education.