CERN Physics Trip

At the beginning of November a number of Grosvenor’s A level Physics students, accompanied by Mr McLoughlin and Mrs Watt, made their way eagerly to Geneva where they were afforded the opportunity to visit the headquarters of CERN – The European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

Famous for being the birthplace of the world wide web, as well as for the wide range of technologies that have been developed there and which are now widely used in a number of different industries, the headquarters features, perhaps most famously, the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), a large-scale, worldwide Scientific cooperation project which measures 27 kilometres long, weighs over 38 000 tonnes and is designed to create and discover new participles.     

During their visit pupils received the opportunity to speak with Northern Irishman Steve Myers, The Director of Accelerators and Technologies at CERN, who has been working in the headquarters since the 1970s and originally proposed the LHC in the early 1980s.

The four day trip also saw Grosvenor’s delegation visit the United Nations headquarters before its return home – providing a memorable and fitting end to a once-in-a-lifetime trip that will stay in the memories of those in attendance for many years to come.

Many thanks to the School’s Physics Department, as well as everybody at CERN and the U.N. who helped to make this superb trip possible – hopefully it will not be the last time that the School gets to visit such a spectacular and awe-inspiring location.