Here's an idea for a science unit: study the Cern particle accelerator. What could be more fun than learning about scientists smashing protons together as they try to simulate the early moments of the universe?
Scientists hit another milestone yesterday: they smashed beams of protons together at energies that are 3.5 times higher than previously achieved. This work may eventually lead to the discovery of fundamental new physics.
"Cern LHC sees high-energy success"
Here is a multi-media guide to the Cern particle accelerator and what it does.