Super collider visit for students
Amersham pupils meet scientists at research centre
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.”