On July 8th Marco Garbini presented EEE outreach activities at ICHEP.
ICHEP is a series of international conferences organized by the C11 commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), where physicists from around the world gather to share the latest advancements in particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, accelerator science, and discuss plans for major future facilities.
Since its start in 2005, the Extreme Energy Events Project (EEE) represented a breakthrough in outreach activities in High Energy Physics. The innovative idea of EEE is a solid and direct involvement of high school students in constructing and operating an experiment to measure Extensive Atmospheric Showers (EAS) on Earth’s surface.
The project involves an array of muon telescopes, each consisting of three high-performing Multigap Resistive Plate Chambers. EEE chambers were built by students and teachers at CERN, then transported and installed inside Italian school buildings, where local teams helped to operate and monitor the detectors and contribute to data analysis. Presently, in Italy, there are about 60 EEE telescopes. Since 2014, coordinated data-taking periods have occurred, and more than 100 billion candidate muon tracks have been collected and used for many analyses. About 100 schools participate in the EEE Project annually, and hundreds of students and teachers participate in activities correlated to EEE and different physics topics. The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly affected the experimental activities of the EEE Project. However, EEE strengthened online activities and implemented collaboration meetings, masterclasses, and topical seminar programs.