The conclusion to both The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World and Collider exhibitions, The Collision Space is a hands-on, interactive space that explores the discoveries of Nobel Laureates made at CERN. Visitors can explore, learn, and play to better understand not only the underlying scientific principles behind these discoveries, but how the discoveries and the rewards received, impact everyday life and the future.
Mini Particle Accelerator
A mini particle accelerator has been re-created in model size for visitors to have a hands-on exploration of how the Large Hadron Collider works at CERN. The particle accelerator model demonstrates how an electromagnetic field is used to move particles in the Large Hadron Collider.
Visitors can use the ‘Magnetic Horn’ model on display, to explore the movement of pions in a real Magnetic Horn. The Magnetic Horn was invented by physicist Simon van der Meer, who later on discovered the W and Z particles, two of the most fundamental constituents of matter. The renowned physicist shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1984 with Carlo Rubbia for contributions to the CERN project.
Build Your Own LEGO Universe
‘Build your own LEGO Universe’ is developed by award-winning science educator and art science specialist, Dr. Ben Still. LEGO is used as a fun and imaginative way to explain fundamentals of particle physics and the early history of the Universe. Visitors can construct simple building blocks of life as if protons and neutrons were LEGO structures.
Ideas For Our Future
The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World exhibition showcases the many objects from our everyday lives that are connected to the Nobel Prize.
Visitors are invited to reflect on the major challenges we will face, and to share their thoughts on what innovations can improve our future.