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© 2015 Taylor & Francis. This article shows how the Timepix hybrid silicon pixel detector, developed by the Medipix2 Collaboration, can be used by students and teachers alike to demonstrate some key aspects of any well-rounded physics curriculum with CERN@school. After an overview of the programme, the detector’s capabilities for measuring and visualising ionising radiation are examined. The classification of clusters – groups of adjacent pixels – is discussed with respect to identifying the different types of particles. Three demonstration experiments – background radiation measurements, radiation profiles and the attenuation of radiation – are described; these can used as part of lessons or as inspiration for independent research projects. Results for exemplar data-sets are presented for reference, as well as details of ongoing research projects inspired by these experiments. Interested readers are encouraged to join the CERN@school Collaboration and so contribute to achieving the programme’s aim of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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Contemporary Physics

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451 - 467