ATLAS plugged

By Phil Plait | June 23, 2009 11:00 am

Are you creative? Want to make short movies? Are you also a huge physics dork?

Well then, here’s your big chance: the folks at the ATLAS experiment at CERN are looking for you. They’re looking for original media that will help promote ATLAS, the biggest particle experiment being run on the Large Hadron Collider, which I personally guarantee will not destroy the Earth. If I thought it did, would I help them promote the idea of posting things to YouTube? Hmmm?

Anyway, if they like what you did better than everyone else’s efforts, they’ll fly you to CERN so you can see the place for yourself!

Here’s the idea in their own words:

We want you to start by showing us your communication and creative skills by producing an original short film or multimedia piece, incorporating material about ATLAS, the biggest experiment on the LHC. The best submissions will be posted on the ATLAS website and YouTube page with full credit to the author, and enter a competition for a paid internship at CERN. The winner will be offered a trip to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and given exclusive access to scientists working on the project as well as all the equipment and expertise in CERN’s audiovisual lab.

Got that? If they like you best, you get to see the LHC! I was there last year, and let me say, it freakin’ rawks. You want to go there.

So get your camcorder or your iPod or whatever you kids are using these days* and make a video plugging particle physics.

And if you win, and you go to Geneva, and you go to old town early enough, and the chocolate store isn’t friggin’ closed like it was when I was there leaving me to drool on the window while mere centimeters away from hundreds of kilos of Swiss chocolate, then send me a bar or two, OK? I promise I won’t eat it in the microwave while wearing a tin foil hat, though a variation on that idea might make a good ATLAS video.

Better get started: the contest ends July 31.

*I’d make one myself but all my 8 track tapes are full of KC and the Sunshine Band.

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