Star pupil off to CERN for a work placement
ADETERMINED star gazer has landed an out of this world work experience placement at the famous CERN particlephysics laboratory.
Hannah Ruskin wrote to the world-famous facility in Switzerland to help her realise her dream to become a astrophysicist.
After three attempts the King’s School pupil didn’t receive any reply.
But the determined 14-year-old didn’t give up and after the fourth letter she was invited to visit the lab near Geneva.
For a week next June, Hannah, from Poynton, will be involved in projects connected to the Hadron Collider, a gigantic machine that scientists hope will help them understand the universe.
Hannah said she hopes the visit will be a stepping stone in her ambition to become a leading astro- physicist.
She said: “Since I can remember I have always looked up at the stars and asked those most important questions about what is out there and how it all works. I have lots of astronomy books in my bedroom and simply love the Brian Cox programmes which I watch again and again.
“So I just decided to write to CERN. I tried three times but didn’t get anywhere but then in the fourth email I made a break through.
“I sent them a little story about myself, a CV if you like, and that was when I got a response and was asked a few more questions about my love of science and astronomy. They said how impressed they were and invited me to go out next June. It was simple resilience.”
Hannah will travel with her mum, Fran, a medical secretary. She said: “I do believe there is intelligent life out there somewhere. “It might not be in our region of the Universe and we may never come face to face with it; the Human Race may well wipe itself out before we have that opportunity, but for me it is like rolling dice. If you roll the dice often enough, you’re going to come up a double six and there is so much yet that we haven’t discovered or explored.
“Our knowledge of the universe is very much in its infancy.”
Hannah’s physics teacher Stephen Carpenter said: “I am extremely envious and very impressed. When Hannah told me she was going to write to CERN, I encouraged her to have ago, but privately I thought you’ve got no chance. I have never heard of anyone this young getting this opportunity especially applying independently. However Hannah is a lot more intelligent than me. She really is a star student.”
●● Hannah Ruskin