Research Project: DONE!

Derrick has finished his Lego-build of The ATLAS Detector (A Toroidal LHC Apparatus) – part of the Hadron Collider that detects particle collisions. This Yr11 student has beautifully completed his research project, ‘What can be learnt from building a 1:50 scale model of the ATLAS Detector?’ Derrick said, This project really allowed me to develop my organisation skills, and patience. I felt a lot of satisfaction by accomplishing such a massive project. I learnt so much about the physical components of the machine, but also deeply studied the physics behind solving some of the universes biggest questions about dark matter, gravity theory, and the big bang theory.’

  • Final Size: 1:50 scale model = 1m long x 0.5m x 0.5m
  • Number of special lego pieces ordered from Denmark: 9517
  • Total time to completion: 72 hours & 50 minutes
  • Total approximate cost: $2500


The actual ATLAS Detector is located in Cern, Switzerland, and was completed in 2008. It’s dimensions are 46m long x 25m wide x 25m tall, and it weighs 7000 tonnes.