Science students’ high-energy trip

Blackpool Sixth Form students on their visit to see the Large Hadron Collider, Geneva.
Blackpool Sixth Form students on their visit to see the Large Hadron Collider, Geneva.
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PHYSICS students learned about the origins of the universe during a college trip to one of the world’s largest research facilities in Geneva.

Pupils from Blackpool Sixth Form were able to visit CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which houses the infamous Large Hadron Collider.

Physicists completed the LHC in 2008 and it is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator.

It allows physicists to test the predictions of different theories of particle physics and high-energy physics.

As part of their visit, sixth form students attended a lecture explaining the work of the facility.

They also got to look at particle accelerators and computer control systems, as well as two science museums.

Josh Connolly, an upper sixth student at the Blackpool Old Road college, said: “Visiting CERN faculty was a spectacular opportunity.

“The globe museum was a 360 degree experience of a lifetime. The visit helped to build up general knowledge and all the information we received was specific to our course.”

CERN employs just under 2,400 full-time employees and hosts some 10,000 visiting scientists and engineers representing 608 universities and research facilities and 113 nationalities. It was famously the birthplace of the World Wide Web.

The students were also given the chance to ski at St Gervais in France and enjoy shopping and sightseeing in Montreux, Switzerland.