Visiting the world-renowned CERN scientific research centre in Geneva, where physicists are seeking answers to some of the world’s most powerful questions, really is a once in a ‘universe’ trip.
A visit to CERN would really appeal to any aspiring scientist, offering a glimpse into how leading minds conduct experimental research into the fundamentals of life as we know it in the world’s largest physics laboratory.
As well as offering three hour guided tours and an introductory film and visit to experimental areas of the centre, CERN also offers groups the opportunity to visit the two permanent exhibitions.
The first of the exhibitions is displayed in the Microcosm museum. Students will explore the mysteries of the universe and discover the massive apparatus used by physicists, the accelerators and detectors, and see how each part works.
*Re-opening Spring 2016.*
We couldn’t think of a better time to start planning for a very different and unique trip to the European Centre for Nuclear Research as the re-opening of the ‘Universe of Particles’ exhibition is approaching.
This exhibition lets pupils step inside the unique planet-shaped ‘Globe of Science and Innovation’ to learn about the concepts of particle physics. Dedicated to CERN’s main missions, this exhibition allows you to confront the great questions of contemporary physics, currently being explored by the CERN via the Large Hadron Collider and others.
WST can help your school plan an educational trip including guided tours of up to 48 pupils around the research facility, to help both teachers and students learn more about CERN, particle physics and your unique place in the universe.
All tours are guided by volunteer staff members of CERN. Please note all guided tours and exhibition visit to CERN are free, but must be booked directly by the school with CERN and you are advised to book early.
Contact our specialist Science team today on 01253 441900 and we will be happy to provide you with assistance and information on how to plan your trip.
If you’re lucky enough to be there on the right day, you may even be treated to a tour by none other than Professor Bill Murray of the Atlas project, the team that found evidence of the Higgs Boson particle!
*For safety reasons unfortunately children under 13 years old are not admitted directly within the CERN laboratory.