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Sixth Form students visit CERN

Mon, Mar 18th, 2024
Worth School

Sixth Form A Level and IB Physics students enjoyed a fascinating trip to Geneva which included a guided tour of CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

The four-day trip was organised to provide students with innovative and authentic experiences in the field of physics. In addition to this, students had the opportunity to explore the historic links that Geneva has with global organisations such as the United Nations and the Red Cross.

Upon arrival in Geneva the students were given a guided tour of the UN Palace of Nations and experienced a live debate in the General Assembly hall where they witnessed international democracy in action.

The second day was devoted to a guided tour of CERN. The tour was conducted by physicists engaged in research at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which is one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research. This provided the opportunity to experience the magnitude of the tunnels of the Hadron Collider as well as offering expert explanations about how the research is embarked on. This provided invaluable understanding of theory studied in the classroom with the real-life applications.

A visit to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum on the third day provided a unique insight of the history of the world’s largest humanitarian network. This reminded students of the important contrast between the human desire for scientific advances in the future and the human necessity to support the vulnerable of society.

The final day focused on the early advances in science with a visit to the History of Science Museum. Here, the students were able to admire the collection of historical scientific apparatus, which provided a stark contrast with that of CERN. It also allowed an interesting juxtaposition of the final visit of the tour: the Plasma Research Center, Lausanne. Again, the experience was enriched by being led by guides involved in current research at one of the world leaders in fusion research. The students were keen to ask questions to deepen their understanding of plasma physics and understand how fusion may eventually become the heart of the energy transition.

While focusing on science to support their studies, the trip was also interspersed with the culture of Geneva and Lausanne, with visits to a traditional Swiss restaurant, the botanical gardens, Geneva’s old quarter and Ouchy, plus a boat cruise around Lake Geneva.

Worth runs a trip to CERN, which is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web, every two years.

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