UTC@harbourside has announced that fifteen A-Level will spend a day at the home of the Large Hadron Collider – the CERN Laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) visit is taking place from the 4th to the 6th of November and includes a mix of A-Level Physics students, A-Level Chemists, and A-Level Engineers. They will spend a whole day at CERN, undertaking two S’Cool laboratory workshops led by CERN scientists: Making a Cloud Chamber and “Resistance is Futile: Investigating Superconductors”. S’Cool Laboratory workshops are a physics education research facility at CERN.
The UTC had to bid for this opportunity as CERN gets thousands of applications every year from schools across the world wanting to take part in their education programme. As part of the bid the UTC@harbourside students had to produce a collaborative piece of research on superconductors and liquid nitrogen, and suggest experiments that they would like to undertake in addition to the main workshop. The selection committee said: “We are impressed and we are looking forward to working with your very motivated students in November!”
Acting Principal Lisa Jepson said “I am proud that the staff here at the UTC are committed to our students, and that they are providing this very exciting opportunity for our young people. After the difficulties in the last academic year, this educational visit demonstrates just how much we all want to make sure that our remaining students get the best education and experience for their final year at UTC@harbourside”
Students will also have a tour of CERN and a networking lunch with researchers and engineers currently working at CERN to learn about the organisation’s research projects and careers. The group will be visiting Geneva for 3 days, and they will also be visiting the History of Science and Natural History museums.