1st October 2014

CERN, the particle physics accelerator based on the Swiss-French border is sixty years old this week.

Originally founded in 1964 as the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (or Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire, the enormous facility is now affectionately known as CERN.  It now comprises twenty-one European member states, and a staggering 10,000 scientists are involved from one-hundred countries.

Several experiments now take place at CERN, the most famous being the “Big Bang Machine” – an £8bn machine that hopes to re-create the beginnings of the universe by smashing particles into each other.  Protons travel around a 27km particle accelerator at the speed of light with tens of millions of collisions taking place, and it is these very collisions which re-create the beginnings of the universe.  Huge detectors then study the collisions which is analysed by a worldwide network of computors.

 

What has CERN achieved in 60 years?

Arguably, there are two headline breakthroughs that have been discovered at CERN, one very much part of the mission, another entirely by accident – both huge in significance.

In 2012, CERN discovered evidence theorised Higgs Boson particle, named after the scientist who created the theory, Peter Higgs.  This particle is an elementary particle in the Standard Model of Particle physics, and had remained elusive for more than 40 years.

Another ground-breaking result of CERN came in the field of ICT, and the birthplace of the internet as we know it today.  Tim Berners-Lee was created a way for CERN scientists to share knowledge and information across worldwide networks, and this was the foundation blocks of the internet we know today.

 

What can students see on a school trip to CERN?

This all very much depends on what is taking place at CERN at the time of your visit.  At times it is not possible to go underground due to pro-longed experiments, at other times of shut-down, students can venture further underground to see the colossal machines.  In each case, students will get to hear from real CERN scientists as education is a key mantra of their funding existence.

 

How do I arrange a CERN school trip?

This is the easy part – speak to Adaptable Travel today and we can help to arrange your trip.  When you contact us, we will send you a free CERN school trip information pack which will give you full details of everything to getting the CERN onsite visit booked, the best accommodation and transport arrangements we can help you with.  Adaptable Travel have help over 4,000 students from the UK visit the amazing CERN facility, so we are well placed and the UKs leading CERN school trips company to help you organise this inspirational school science trip.

Contact Adaptable Travel today to start organising your school trip  to CERN.

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