Sixth form trip to CERN

Year 12 and 13 physics students enjoyed an inspiring visit to CERN last week, home of the world famous Large Hadron Collider.

During the trip, students learned about how CERN is helping to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the origins of our universe. They were also taught about the engineering challenges faced by those working with the vast experimental machines essential to major scientific breakthroughs, such as the discovery of the Higgs boson.

A highlight for the group was a visit to the 7000-tonne ATLAS detector, which is the largest volume particle detector ever constructed and can be found 100m underground. They also stopped by the spot where the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced in 2012, for which Peter Higgs and Francois Englert were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Our keen sixth form scientists will be closely following any new discoveries made at the location once the accelerators are switched back on this coming spring.

Ahmed Osman, Year 13, said: “The trip to CERN was really fun and we got to explore a different city whilst understanding particle physics.”

We would like to thank the two PhD students who accompanied the group on the tour and answered countless questions, covering topics from fundamental particles to life at university and future career prospects.