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CERN visit 2016

Posted on: 19th April 2016

On the 14th April 2016, the senior girls were privileged to visit one of the world’s largest and most respected centres of scientific research CERN. Founded in 1954 and situated 8km west of Geneva, its business is fundamental physics. The girls set off to discover more about particle physics and to find out how the research here has impacted on the world we live in.

The visit started with a 50 minute lecture which detailed the origins of the research and demonstrated how the original research has developed to create the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) which accelerates protons down a 27km tube resulting in collisions and making new matter, enabling physicists to learn about the Laws of Nature.

The girls then visited the historic area of CERN where they experienced an amazing light show which made the physics come alive and fully demonstrated the early work of the research scientist who set up original experiments. We discovered that the World Wide Web (www) was created in CERN 27 years ago by a British scientist, Tim Berners-Lee. It was originally created to allow information to be shared between scientists and universities around the world and it is now an essential part of our daily lives.

Our visit ended at the ATLAS experiment site where the LHC is installed. The LHC is designed to explore the biggest mysteries of our Universe... What happened after the Big Bang? How did our Universe evolve? Some of the many questions being investigated at CERN. We experienced an amazing 3D audio–visual tour which enabled us to appreciate the enormous scale of the enterprise and fully appreciate the magnitude of the task and achievement.

To quote one student: “The visit was awesome” – Andreia Grade 12


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