CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research and is where over 2000 physicists and engineers study the basic constituents of matter. They also probe the fundamental structure of the universe using the world’s largest and most complex purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors.
After a lecture on the particle nature of matter and the work done at CERN, the group enjoyed a visit to the control room of the AMS detector which is situated on the International Space Station. The AMS detects cosmic rays from space and looks at the particles that could make up dark matter within the universe.
The students then visited a factory where more than fifty types of superconducting electromagnets are made. These magnets are needed to send the particles along complex paths within the Large Hadron Collider at speeds approaching the speed of light before colliding them in one of the four detectors.
During the 3 day visit to Geneva, students also had the opportunity to visit the Red Cross museum, St Peters Cathedral, Geneva’s famous Jet d’Eau as well as having some free time to explore Geneva’s old town and shops.
Some of our Learning Support staff members took part in a very cold, wet, windy and pitch black midnight trek up Snowdon to raise much needed funds for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT).
Some of you may be aware that CAFT offered a free holiday to a group of our Learning Support students earlier this year and we hope to be offered the same opportunity next year. In order to have this amazing chance again we pledged to raise money as CAFT is a charity funded centre and relies solely on contributions like these.
We are very grateful to all of the staff who took part and if you are interested in supporting this vital cause please take a look at our Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caroline-newsam1 or send in your contribution/sponsorship pledge in a named envelope to school marked FAO Caroline Newsam.