Last month, ALICE hosted the first virtual visit to the ALICE cavern as part of the Go-Lab workshop on Tuesday 28th May. Chilo Garabatos Cuadrado connected from the ALICE cavern, while a group of Spanish science teachers were sitting in the University of Bilbao. The visit included a short introduction to the physics of the ALICE experiment followed by a virtual tour to the detectors. Using G+ Hangouts, Chilo connected from his laptop and showed around the ALICE detectors to the participants, explaining the tracking and identification capabilities of each system.
The visit was followed by a short Q&A session during which teachers had the chance to ask Chilo about the ALICE studies on the QGP and find out more about the ALICE Upgrade programme. As Chilo mentioned: “It was a wonderful experience that offered to teachers from various places in the Basque country and elsewhere the chance to visit ALICE. I think the teachers enjoyed it fully!” and he adds “I hope we'll continue working on this virtual visit front”.
The visit was part of a Go-Lab visionary workshop with the participation of ~40 science teachers and took place in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bilbao. The broader aim of the workshop is to familiarize participants with online and remote science labs in particle physics, astronomy and engineering and motivate them to join the Go-Lab community.
Virtual visits offer a new way of visiting ALICE since visitors don’t have to travel and they can get a close-up view of things they wouldn’t see otherwise. Of course there is room for improvements in the video and sound quality. However, overall it was a great experience which we hope to carry on. So if you want to combine your local outreach activities with an ALICE virtual visit and organize a hangout with ALICE you just need to contact… ALICE outreach coordinator.
Stay tuned and hope to meet you in one of the next virtual visits.
More than thirty teachers had the chance to visit ALICE virtually from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bilbao.