University of Edinburgh

Tactile Collider Demonstration

Experience the amazing science of CERN's Large Hadron Collider

Date: Tuesday, 12th June 2018
Time: 10.30 am - 12 noon OR 1.30 pm - 3 pm
Venue: SSC, Edinburgh
Cost: FREE

NOTE - closing date for event is 4th June 2018


The Scottish Sensory Centre is pleased to be hosting a demonstration of the Tactile Collider for pupils with a visual impairment aged 11 to 18. This event has arranged through Robyn Watson, Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Bolton Sensory Support Service.

We invite teachers and pupils to attend the demonstration of the Tactile Collider. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Pupils do not need to be studying any science at school in order to attend. The idea is to make science as exciting and accessible as possible for those who may previously have not considered it, or been able to access it fully.

Two sessions will be running with a maximum of 15 pupils per session - places allocated on a first come first served basis - please indicate am or pm preference:

  • Morning: 10.30 am - 12 noon
  • Afternoon: 1.30 pm - 3 pm

Please note this event will be photographed and staff should ensure that there is permission in place for this to happen.

Further Information

The project has been developed by the Cockcroft Institute and scientists from University of Manchester and University of Liverpool. It uses interactive demonstrations, tactile objects and soundscapes to illustrate the science of the Large Hadron Collider to a visually impaired audience.

The developers noticed a lack of science education materials that inform people with visual impairments about scientific research, and hope that the provision of such may inspire children with VI to consider science as a career.

Tactile Collider has been over a year in development and the first event was held at Eden Boys School in Bolton on 10th January. It was delivered it to 30 students aged between 12-16 and was very well received by both students and accompanying staff.