Saturday, August 31, 2013

Schools : Videos in the classroom: The Higgs Field

Professor Peter Higgs

In July 2012, scientists found the long awaited Higgs Boson, a particle that, according to theoretical physics, gives all elementary particles mass. Without the Higgs, these particles would remain massless, and our bodies, blankets, cups of tea, dogs, and universe wouldn’t exist.

Professor Higgs predicted the existence of a unique type of fundamental particle - now named the Higgs boson in his honour - which is essential in allowing the mathematics of the standard model to work. 

But the boson and the Higgs Field that allows for that magic particle are extremely difficult to grasp. 

Don Lincoln 
 has produced his take on explaining the Higgs field for Ted-Ed.

Peter Higgs & François Englert
Nobel Prize in Physics 2013
credits: Maximilien Brice/CERN

François Englert (left) and Peter Higgs at CERN on 4 July 2012, on the occasion of the announcement of the discovery of a Higgs boson. In 2013, 8 October 2013.

Professor Peter Higgs was awarded jointly to François Englert with the Nobel Prize in Physics, today, October 8 2013 for:

"the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider"

Nobel Prize Committee

Peter Higgs

Update: Video

The link of video Peter Higgs profile by Ian Sample (science correspondant/ The Guardian), published on this post in 8 October 2014, is no longer available. You can watch it here

Credits: Visual Science

Some notes:

One of the most significant scientific discoveries of the early 21st century is the Higgs boson

Professor Higgs predicted the existence of a unique type of fundamental particle - now named the Higgs boson in his honour - which is essential in allowing the mathematics of the standard model to work. 

The 4th July 2012 CERN announced the discovery of a new particle, consistent with the Higgs boson.

The existence of the boson was a matter of intense speculation for 50 years, until its final discovery last year at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the world's most powerful particle accelerator.

Today, shared with you this interesting video: The Higgs Field by Don Lincoln. A wonderful resource for Physics curriculum.

Credits: Stanford YouTube


Videos are interesting and powerful resources to include into the school curriculum.

Some years ago a teacher displayed videos in the classroom once in a while. Always as a 
motivation for a subject, not for an explanation or exploration of a subject of the lesson.

But I can tell you that students love and learn easily watching a video than hearing thousands words.

Curriculum: Physics; Mathematics.

Levels: Secondary Education.


The basics of a boson – a lesson by Dave Barney of the CMS collaboration and Steven Goldfarb of the ATLAS collaboration. Animation by Jeanette Nørgaard for TED-Ed.

In 2012, physicists at CERN discovered evidence of the Higgs boson. The what? 
The Higgs boson is one of two types of fundamental particles, and it’s a particular game-changer in the field of particle physics, proving how particles gain mass. Using the Socratic method, CERN physicists Dave Barney and Steve Goldfarb explain the exciting implications of the Higgs boson.

Final notes:

Today there are teachers who use videos in the classroom frequently among other educational digital resources, to enrich their lessons. 

There are a great number of videos that you can use. Students evolve well their skills if we use technology and educational digital resources.

Teachers value is not in the information stored in their head. Teachers must have the ability to pull together the best learning resources to produce a desired outcome. 



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Updated October 22.10.2014

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