Lessons collide with real-life science for Keynsham students visiting CERN

Published on: 30 Mar 2017

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Students from IKB Academy have been inspired by meeting the scientists who aim to answer questions about the origins of the universe.

The 18 students, who will all be sitting A levels in physics or engineering this summer, travelled to Switzerland to visit CERN, home to the Large Hadron Collider.

They heard about the discoveries being made at the site and saw the machines being used to carry out the work.

The students were also lucky enough to be among the small number of visitors who get the chance to go 100 metres below ground to see the CMS machine where the particles collide.

Debbie Gibbs, principal of IKB Academy, which specialises in preparing students for careers in science and engineering, said it had been a privilege to view the scale of the technical and engineering challenges at CERN.

“This was a unique experience for our young physicists and engineers to witness first-hand the awe-inspiring culmination of years of scientific research coming together to unlock some of the secrets of the universe,” she said.

Curtis Grainger, 17, from Longwell Green, said it was the sheer size of the place that had the most impact.

“I didn't expect it to be that big – it was humungous,” he said.

Imogen McDermott, 18, from Saltford, said: “It was really interesting to see how what we are learning in school is applied in real life. Talking to the professors at CERN has really reignited my enthusiasm for physics.”

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