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ATLAS mini model - education/outreach project
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ATLAS mini model - education/outreach project is an Achieved project on LEGO CUUSOO created by SaMe on June 3rd, 2013. It recently received a humongous support boost from an IFLS' facebook page post. The boost sent it from fewer than 100 supports to over 10,000 in just days, reaching Achieved status on June 19th, 2013. With 10,012 supporters, it is the highest ranked project among the most supported projects of all time.

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The ATLAS experiment, at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, is one of the biggest experiments ever build by mankind. The ATLAS detector is searching for new discoveries in the head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy. ATLAS, and the about 3000 physicists working on it, will learn about the basic forces that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will determine its fate.

This model illustrates the main features of the ATLAS detector and hopefully helps drawing attention to the field of high energy physics in general and ATLAS in particular.

It's build out of 560 pieces and can be put together in less than an hour.

The idea is to ship a leaflet, with information about the real ATLAS experiment and the physics it is exploring, along with the parts. Thereby we could give each and every customer some insight into this very interesting and fascinating subject and offer possibilities for further education and/or contact to people within ATLAS.

The model is and will be used even more in education and outreach projects to promote particle physics in the public. It serves as a perfect eye catcher, a tool to discuss the basic design of particle detectors such as ATLAS and is the perfect souvenir for people of all age that took part in one of our plenty outreach events.

There is also a very successful larger version of this model (which is not part of this cuusoo) to be seen in various institutes and exhibitions around the world (see attached below).

Find out more about the real ATLAS experiment and the two models at and, respectively.

Thanks for your support!

Cheers Sascha

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[milestone 200]

As promised for reaching the 200 votes milestone, I'm going to write a few words about outreach events/projects in which we have used LEGO and the model(s).

The models have been used at several institutes in events were high-school students got invited to get an introduction to particle physics, do some simple data analysis and build a detector to get a idea of the design and the principle components. Both the small and the large model have been used. We would like to be able to give out the small model as an educative souvenir for such events in the future.

In addition I have just started a "Build your own particle detector" series, were children get to build their own detector (maybe inspired by the ATLAS model, maybe not) and both them and their parent get involved into discussions about particle physics in the mean time.


Just another image of the model.


This is an image of the large model with about 9500 pieces.


You can find all the details at Illustration of the real ATLAS detector.

You can find more information at

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Congrats on 10,000 Supporters, SaMe!


Oh my Higgs Boson!

Congratulations to SaMe and to our new friends who really, really love science, on successfully reaching 10,000 supporters in such a short time.

You’ve done a great job compressing your ATLAS model down to a size that is accessible by students, families, and science departments around the world, to spread understanding of the field of particle physics. You’ve also connected with a passionate audience of people who want to encourage greater interest in science education. We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.

What happens now? This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A "LEGO Review Board" composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We'll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.

The LEGO Review Begins in September This project qualifies for the quarterly review beginning in September. For more information about the quarterly review process, see this blog post.

The review is a thorough process and from its start, and can take several months. When finished, we make a "go/no go" decision to develop and sell a product based on the “ATLAS Mini Model - Education/Outreach Project” concept.

When the review is complete, we will inform you of our decision. If green-lit, this project goes into the longest phase of the project; the Development phase. During this time, LEGO model designers refine the product and develop it for release, we create the product materials (box, instructions, marketing), and get everything ready for a production run. This also takes several months.

We will post follow-up information and our decision here.