09 Jun CERN Visit
In May half term, a dozen students from RSA Academy had the fantastic opportunity to visit CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) was founded in 1952 with the mandate of establishing a world-class fundamental physics research organisation in Europe.
IB students who study one or more Science subjects, experienced a lecture from a CERN researcher, and then a tour of facilities. This tour included exhibitions which included Microcosm, which shows the journey of particles from a simple bottle of Hydrogen, through the network of accelerators and on to collision inside vast experiments within the 27km underground accelerator. Students also visited the Universe of Particles which looks in detail at the Standard Model, showing cutting edge research in to the make up of matter, as well as seeing the AMS Particle Detector lab. The device has now been mounted on to the ISS (International Space Station), and students had a live feed showing astronauts on the ISS hard at work. AMS will address some of the most exciting mysteries of modern physics, looking for antimatter and dark matter in space, phenomena that have remained elusive up to now.
As well as this, students visited the Natural History Museum, the History of Science Museum, the Botanical Gardens of Geneva, a tour of the Old Quarter which included climbing the clock tower of the cathedral, a visit to the world famous Philippe Patek watch maker factor and even managed to squeeze in a traditional Swiss meal in a restaurant steeped with local culture.
Well done to all students involved – we hope you are inspired to continue your Scientific studies past IB level. Who knows, we may have a future Nobel prize winner in our midst!
Mr D Allden