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4 Oct - CERN Trip

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44 Year 13 Physicists students travelled to Geneva from September 22nd to 24th  to visit the Large Hadron Collider. Fortunately, the outwards travel went smoothly this year. The students had all day to visit different parts of CERN. In the morning, they visited to the CERN museum and shop, the Globe of Science and Innovation, and the canteen! After lunch the students attended a very entertaining lecture on the history of the site and particle physics, and crossed the border into France to tour the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS). The CMS is the heaviest detector on Earth, and collected vital evidence that was used in the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Students were given tours by experts, and were lucky enough to go 100m below ground to learn about the innards of the world’s largest machine. In the evening, the students enjoyed a traditional Swiss meal, and a cable car ride the following day rounded off a great weekend. The whole experience brought the Particle Physics element of the A level course to life.


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