Professor Çigdem Issever (Tutorial Fellow in Physics and Schools Liaison Fellow) has led an innovative outreach project to recreate the CERN laboratory and Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Minecraft.
In collaboration with the University of Birmingham, the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS), and students from four local secondary schools, Professor Issever helped to create the ATLAScraft world, an interactive platform allowing users to explore the CERN campus, learn how the LHC works, and discover more about particle physics in general.
Having sold over 120 million copies, Minecraft is one of the most popular video games ever developed, as players use 3D building blocks to create, share, and explore virtual worlds.
“It is amazing. It is really cool to see the ATLAS detector and LHC tunnels in Minecraft. I’m looking forward to using this as a way to make my research more accessible, starting with primary school students” – Professor Çigdem Issever
The project was funded by the Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC) and the ATLAS Outreach Group.
You can explore the virtual world here.
All images: ATLAS