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AXMINSTER: Students in awe of the Hadron Collider
Thursday, 17 October 2013
A group of Axe Valley Community College sixth form students got involved with top level nuclear research during a trip to Geneva.
The science loving youngsters travelled to the headquarters of CERN, a European joint venture with 20 member states.
CERN stands for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire aka European Council for Nuclear Research.
Among other things, the students had travelled to learn about the world’s largest particle accelerator, namely the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.
The LHC is described as “a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way”.
The students also got to visit the control room of an experiment involving The International Space Station.
One of the CERN staff was in contact with NASA and the students got to watch a live feed from the space station.
Some students described aspects of the trip as walking on to the set of a Star Trek movie.
“We were in awe of the huge equipment required for investigating such small particles of matter.
“An opportunity not to be missed if you have a chance to go,” said Adele and Fiona Gage.
Kieran Parker and Josh Ambrose added: “CERN gave us the opportunity to get an insight on the wider scientific community and some future possible career paths.”
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