Pupils’ in­ter­est in sci­ence rock­ets after vis­it­ing CERN

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOL REPORT -

PUPILS were in­spired to learn more about sci­ence and space after vis­it­ing CERN, home of the Large Hadron Col­lider, in Switzer­land.

Al­fris­ton School pupils dis­cov­ered how CERN is help­ing to an­swer some of the most fun­da­men­tal ques­tions such as how the uni­verse be­gan, and what the ba­sic build­ing blocks of mat­ter are.

Dave Water­man, sci­ence teacher at the school, in Penn Road, Bea­cons­field, re­ceived a grant, which al­lowed the group to visit CERN.

The grants are part of a scheme to boost chil­dren’s con­fi­dence and in­ter­est in physics.

He said: “The girls re­ally en­joyed their trip and learnt a lot. We in­vited other schools to join us when we re­turned to have a mo­bile plan­e­tar­ium visit the school.”

Holt­spur School and St Mary’s and All Saints School vis­ited Al­fris­ton to take part in lessons where the year 11 girls who vis­ited CERN helped share their new knowl­edge.

The group launched their own rock­ets.

Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201411122

LIFT OFF: (Above) Sci­ence teacher Dave Water­man helps launch a rocket; (left) pupils watch the re­sults

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