Su­per col­lider visit for stu­dents

Amer­sham pupils meet sci­en­tists at re­search cen­tre

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Dur­ing the visit on July 2, the pupils dis­cov­ered how CERN is help­ing to an­swer some of the most fun­da­men­tal ques­tions such as, how did the Uni­verse be­gin? What are the ba­sic build­ing blocks of mat­ter?

Pupils were very ex­cited that the visit co­in­cided with the an­nounce­ment of the dis­cov­ery of a new type of par­ti­cle. They gained an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the tech­ni­cal and engi­neer­ing chal­lenges that the multi­na­tional ex­per­i­men­tal col­lab­o­ra­tions at CERN face.

Krunal from Amer­sham School said: “It’s not ev­ery­where, the LHC. We were there when they ac­tu­ally found some­thing. It makes it more ex­cit­ing. I can say to peo­ple I was there.”

The Amer­sham School visit was led by a mem­ber of the CERN com­mu­nity who talked from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence about their con­tri­bu­tion to CERN’s re­search pro­gramme.

The Science and Tech­nol­ogy Fa­cil­i­ties Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pro­fes­sor John Womer­s­ley said: “The scale of the science and tech­nol­ogy at CERN is awe-in­spir­ing. There is no doubt that see­ing it at first hand, and meet­ing the peo­ple who work on the ex­per­i­ments, can in­flu­ence young peo­ple’s ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer choices. My own re­search ca­reer be­gan at CERN and I con­tinue to be fas­ci­nated by its dis­cov­er­ies.”

The young­sters were at the old­est and one of the most pres­ti­gious chil­dren’s book awards in the UK, the CILIP Carnegie Award Cer­e­mony at the Bri­tish Li­brary.

Sue Har­ris, li­brar­ian, said: “Our com­pe­ti­tion en­try was an unedited video trailer pro­mot­ing one of the books.

“The judges ‘loved the cre­ativ­ity, orig­i­nal­ity and ideas that went into the video and thought every­one did a bril­liant job’.”

Visit www.carnegiegreen­away.org.uk/ grouphome­pages/in­dex.php?GroupID=9167 to watch the award win­ning en­try and read stu­dents’ book re­views.

Ms Har­ris added: “This is no mean feat as the scheme has thou­sands of reg­is­tered read­ing groups across the UK and in­ter­na­tion­ally – en­gag­ing tens of thou­sands of chil­dren and young peo­ple in read­ing. It is a true re­flec­tion of the cal­i­bre of stu­dents at Bea­cons­field High School.”

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