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.
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.