Experiments at particle accelerators are helping us to answer the Big Questions – the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012 was a huge step in helping us to understand the way our world works. There are still more questions than we have answers, though – for instance: where has all the antimatter gone? Our theories tell us that in the early Universe matter and antimatter should have been created in equal amounts, but today it seems that the Universe is mainly matter.
To answer these questions we need to create new experiments, and that’s where MICE comes in. MICE – the Muon Ionization and Cooling Experiment – is a project at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory that’s being built to try and help to answer these big questions.
We’d like to invite teams of up to five students in Years 5 - 13 to be a part of MICE and design a “mural” for the large shielding wall in the MICE experimental hall – the mural should convey the excitement of MICE’s work, but the format of the mural – a drawing, a collage, explanations etc – is up to the participants. Entries should be submitted to visitral by 23:59 on Wednesday 15 June. Key Stage 4/5 finalists will be invited to London to attend the public lecture at the Neutrino 2016 conference on 6 July 2016, given by Brian Cox (expenses will be covered). Younger finalists will be invited to RAL for a special celebration at a mutually agreed date.
To help you with your murals, there is information about the exciting work MICE is doing online and we can also arrange talks from MICE scientists and engineers at your school as well as (technology permitting) virtual tours of MICE. The winning mural will be installed in the MICE Hall in autumn 2016 – and the winning team will of course be invited to see their work in place. To arrange a talk please email visitral.
There are live webcams from the MICE Hall, which can be found here, to give you an idea of various parts of the hall. As people from around the world work on MICE, they use these webcams to keep an eye on what’s going on in the experiment!