I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to go and see the world’s largest supercollider experiment on our school trip to Geneva, Switzerland. We were lucky enough to be taken on an underground tour where we saw the CMS detector while at CERN. I was completely awestruck upon learning the kinds of feats of engineering needed to build and maintain different parts of the accelerators and detectors and, having gone on this trip, my understanding of particle Physics has been deepened and this has enabled me to gain a greater interest in this topic.
All who went on the trip found Geneva to be a beautiful city and I am so glad that we were able to spend time in the city and see the sights such as the flower clock and the Red Cross museum. I thought that the trip as a whole was a great experience and I would love to go back to Switzerland for both the Physics and the chocolate!
To complement our A-level particle Physics work we went to Switzerland to visit CERN. We were given a lecture and a guided tour of parts of CERN including the CMS. One of the funniest moments of the trip was seeing everyone wearing the hard hats we were given for the tours of the colliders.
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the microcosm and the “Universe of particles” in which we saw films and did activities which helped explain the work they do at CERN and also some work we had covered in Physics lessons.
Although the highlight of the trip to Switzerland was visiting CERN we also went on a boat trip on the beautiful Lake Geneva, visited a Science Museum and still had time for shopping to buy the famous Swiss chocolate!
Whilst in Geneva we visited the Red Cross Museum which was very interesting and I found the films of people’s stories very moving.