The "Extreme Energy Events" Project: Bringing Science in the Heart of the Young
Luisa Cifarelli1*
1Department of Physics and Astronomy, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna and INFN, Bologna, Italy
* presenting author:Luisa Cifarelli, email:chia.chihta@gmail.com
A special cosmic rays experiment to search for high-energy extensive air showers is described. The EEE Project is an experiment, run by Centro Fermi, based on an array of 50 ground telescopes, each made of three planes of MRPCs (Multigap Resistive Plate Chambers). These telescopes are tracking muon devices, with outstanding timing characteristics, installed in 50 high schools disseminated across the whole surface of Italy. Muon tracks (many tens of billions until now) from all telescopes are simultaneously collected and recorded in the main computer centre of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). The MRPCs are built at CERN, in Geneva, by high school students assisted by their teachers, under the supervision of the EEE team of researchers and technicians. Once installed in the high schools, the telescopes are monitored and kept into efficient operation by the students themselves who have the opportunity in this way to participate in a real astroparticle physics experiment. Masterclasses and Open Data access are currently being implemented to allow many more students, even those from schools without telescopes, to be involved. Some of the relevant physics results obtained with the EEE experiment will also be presented.


Keywords: cosmic rays, Extreme Energy Events, Multigap Resistive Plate Chambers