The world anticipates incredible discoveries when the
Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle
accelerator ever built, starts running later this year at
the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. As scientists
and journalists around the globe gear up for the big
event, six teams of American high school students are
traveling to CERN April 2-7 and reporting back to their
peers across the country via blogs and videos.
The 18 student journalists are witnessing the same
excitement as the professional news media that have
flocked to CERN in recent months, including the New York
Times, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. The
six teams from five states across the U.S. were the
winners of a competition sponsored and funded by the U.S.
Department of Energy's Office of Science and the
National Science Foundation. Each team consists of a
teacher and three students who combine their expertise in
physics, communications and video production.