The Fermi Masterclasses bring astroparticle physics into schools, involving students from Italy and other countries around the world in the direct analysis of data sent by the Fermi gamma-ray detector, orbiting in space on board a NASA satellite.
After a number of seminars and introductory lectures on gamma ray physics and the Fermi experiment, the students take on the role of researchers by analysing real data from the Large Area Telescope, on board the Fermi satellite.
At the end of the events there will be a video link between the participating students and the NASA researchers working on the experiment.
In 2020, the Fermi Masterclass took place online and involved over 700 students from schools in Bari, Perugia, Rome, Turin, and Trieste.
Il satellite Fermi
Fermi is a NASA satellite built and managed by a large international collaboration, in which Italy takes part with the contribution of INFN, the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF). It has been in orbit since 2008 and is dedicated to the study of the origin of high and very high energy gamma radiation.
Cities and INFN divisions: Bari, Perugia, Rome, Turin, Trieste (Nova Gorica, Jacksonville, FL)