In March this year, four A-level Physics students went on a three day trip to CERN Laboratory, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The feedback was that everyone had an amazing time on a visit of a life time. On the trip the students were able to see several parts of the laboratory, meet world class researchers and experience what it is like to work in the most advanced nuclear physics laboratory on the planet.
Students saw the world famous particle accelerator built over 100 meters underground and toured the CMS detector, one of the experiments used in the Large Hadron Collider experiments.
While they were there, they also got to experience the sheer scale of the site, having to cross the border into France several times on the trip. The team got the chance to tour the unique visitors centre and managed to pick up some interesting souvenirs, including one of the data tapes that actually contains CERN data.
The students were also given the opportunity to walk around Geneva one evening, taking in the sites and the culture as they dined at an authentic Swiss restaurant.
Overall the whole team felt extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to go on the trip and only wish it could have lasted longer. It was a fantastic opportunity that satisfied their curiosities about modern day particle physics.