20th Aug, 2017

Droitwich Spa High School pupils take in plenty of sights on 'eye-opening trip' to Geneva

Lorna Morris 16th Mar, 2017

A GROUP of physics students from Droitwich Spa High School visited Geneva where they saw the world famous Large Hadron Collider.

The 30 students from Year 12 and 13 made the school’s first ever visit to CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, which is one of the world’s foremost particle physics research establishments.

During a packed three-day visit, the students visited the United Nations, had lectures and tours at CERN, including the Large Hadron Collider where the Higg’s boson was discovered, visited Geneva and even had time to experience some folk music and traditional cuisine.

Head of physics Alison Thompson, who organised and led the trip, said it really was an eye-opening experience.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for students to meet physicists working at the cutting edge of science and to see for themselves how the theories about the fundamental building blocks of matter are investigated.

“As well as this, students got to see how so many different branches of physics they have studied are brought together in one giant multi-national enterprise.”

Physics student Tom Hodgson said: “Our trip to Geneva was an incredible experience that gave all of us both a cultural education and the opportunity to see some fantastic applications of what we have been learning in physics.”

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