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Marling students taking part in cosmic ray research presented their projects at the HiSPARC Conference, University of Birmingham on Monday 3 July. HiSPARC is a project in which secondary schools and academic institutions join forces and form a network to measure cosmic rays with extremely high energy.

HiSPARC offers students the opportunity to participate in real research, with the purpose of finding out more about these mysterious and rare cosmic particles.  A number of schools presented to an audience of academics, students and teachers. The following Marling projects were presented on the day; creating a data logging gamma ray detector, how solar weather affects cosmic ray events, building a cosmic ray detector using a raspberry pi and locating the source of cosmic rays.

Professor Cristina Lazzeroni was delighted with the high standard of research by the students and there are plans to publish their findings in a scientific journal. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the top three projects. Marling achieved gold and bronze, Tom Green and his team winning gold with an excellent presentation explaining how he created a code that can calculate the possible source of cosmic rays. Tom demonstrated the software live in front of the audience, all were very impressed with the results. Bronze was awarded to Ollie Ursell and Eve Talkowski for their work on creating a datalogging gamma ray detector.


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