Resources for Teachers

The work of the ATLAS and CMS collaborations would not be possible without the help of hundreds of students and faculty. On this page, you will find educational resources, including a prepared activity to teach students how to hunt the Higgs boson. Students can survey LHC events for "candidates" that look like decays of the Higgs boson. There are 30 CMS events that can be easily sorted into several different groups. One group has characteristics similar to those of the Higgs. Students can use these events to learn how scientists use patterns for discovery and prediction.

Below, you will find the file with events, as well as a key for deciphering them. There is also a file with more notes on the activity and links to more materials.

For a plain English explanation of the Higgs, check out these videos by CMS scientist Don Lincoln on the Higgs boson and the Higgs field. There is also a clear explanation of American's role in the Higgs boson discovery in this video produced by Don Lincoln and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. For an interactive experience learning about the Higgs, take a look at The Particle Adventure, a website offering more resources on the Higgs.

Activity for students

High school teachers can share the excitement of the Higgs discovery with their students with this activity, which allows them to identify particles in real particle collision events. Can they spot a Higgs boson?