During the summer holidays, 21 sixth form physics pupils travelled to Geneva to visit CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider.
The pupils had a guided tour by a member of the CERN community who talked from personal experience about their contribution to CERN’s research programme. They learnt how CERN’s research helps discover why particles have mass and about the basic building blocks of matter.
Scientific breakthroughs, such as the discovery of the Higgs boson, require experimental machines on an enormous scale such as The Large Hadron Collider which is an impressive 27km in circumference.
The pupils found the scale of the science and technology at CERN awe-inspiring. They were able to understand the history of particle accelerators and gain an appreciation of the technical and engineering challenges that the multinational experimental collaborations at CERN face now and in the future. Mrs Fenton said:
It was fascinating to see where new physics is being discovered which will lead to new technologies in the future for us all.
The physicists’ trip also included a chance to visit the UN building, where they had a fascinating guided tour of the rooms which had exceptional works of art contributed by numerous countries.
During the knowledge packed trip, the pupils found some time to explore Geneva and, of course, to sample Swiss fondue.