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The educational project " Passeport pour les deux infinis "

Abstract : "Passeport pour les deux infinis" (" Passport for the two infinities ", in short Pass2i) is a French educational project aiming at promoting the physics of the "infinitely small" (particle physics) and of the "infinitely big" (cosmology & astrophysics) to high-school teachers and students. These two fields of basic science are indeed more and more tightly connected, with common topics and tools, often tackled by research teams gathered in the same laboratories. The Pass2i cornerstone is a revertible book where each side explores one of the two infinities, presenting first the main theoretical concepts of the field and then the current experiments exploring it. It was edited by a steering committee of six editors-in-chief with contributions from more than 50 experts coming from the French scientific community. The first edition was released in 2010 and a second one last September - including the latest physics results (Higgs boson & CMB) and taking into account the feedback received from its readers. Both editions have been published by the well-known French scientific editor Dunod and are available in bookshops (several thousand copies sold over the years, including at CERN) But the originality of the project lies in its specific targeting of high-school teachers, in order to provide them with teaching material and ideas involving the physics of the two infinities. Indeed, thanks to our funding agencies, 4,500 copies of the two editions (in total) have been bought by the Pass2i association and are given to physics teachers who register on our website http:/// Indeed, Pass2i wants to be a bridge between science and education. Training sessions are organized for teachers, during which they are encouraged to create educational contents for their courses based on the content of the Passport. The resulting pedagogical sheets are gathered in our website, accessible to all interested teachers. The association keeps in contact with the registered teachers via a quarterly e-letter, in which information about outreach & pedagogical opportunities (within Pass2i and outside of it) are provided. Its members are present as well to conferences for teachers. As the book has been well-received by French teachers and the general audience, we have the project to translate and adapt it to English. Discussions are ongoing with the French editor and other potential partners. All these activities will be presented in the talk proposed in the "Education and Outreach" ICHEP 2014 parallel session.
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N. Arnaud. The educational project " Passeport pour les deux infinis ". 37th International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP 2014), Jul 2014, Valencia, Spain. ⟨in2p3-01018675⟩



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