Card Games with Particles - Fun, not Only for Physicists!
Welcome to the web-page of the Quark Matter Card Game. At this site, we provide some basic information about card games that you can play if you want to have some fun with elementary particles. If you are a student interested in particle physics, you've come to the right site. If you are a layperson, you can use the card games that we describe to understand the main concepts of the Standard Model and to have fun at the same time, by playing card games. If you are a physicist, working in the fields of heavy ion and/or particle physics, you can use these games for outreach, to explain some of your research to students, relatives, friends or neighbours. It is fun to have elementary particles in your hands, or, in your pocket.
During spring 2010, we received a "Honorary Mention" recognition with these games at the 19th Hungarian National Competition for Junior Innovators. The cards were then presented after the award ceremony in the "Palace of Wonders" exhibition hall, and during Summer 2010 they were also presented at the summer camp of the Berze TÖK Science Club. During November 2010, we gave a special seminar at the KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. Tamás Csörgő was invited to give the opening talk of the "Meet the Scientist" outreach lecture series, organized by the Hungarian Fulbright Association, the Hungarian Association for Innovation, and by the US Embassy to Hungary, and he invited Csaba Török and Judit Csörgő to present these cards and some of the games to middle school students after his talk. Read More »