The most popular excursion of the year by far is the senior trip to CERN (Geneva) judging by the speed at which students signed up back in October. Thirty-one Physics students from both SL and HL classes attended this unique trip, initiated by Physics teacher Ms. Nuria Benitez, to learn about the latest particle discoveries and the engineering challenges these super-cooled machines pose.
After studying the 'Standard Model' in Particle Physics in December, the group took off to Geneva mid-January to visit the various components at CERN, such as the Linear Accelerators, the Control Rooms, the Exhibition Centres and the Auditorium where Peter Higgs himself witnessed the confirmation of a new particle back in 2012. In the evening, students took part in the Particle Pub Quiz, which covered many areas of Nuclear Physics across six rounds. The 'popculture' round turned out to be the easiest and most popular as it included references to popular documentaries and science series on Netflix and Youtube.
After this successful first trip for ISH to CERN and following the positive feedback from our students during and after the trip, the Physics department is planning on organising it for next year's Physics classes in Year 13. We hope the photos in the collage below give you an impression of the activities during these 24-hours in Geneva!
1. Visiting the (underground?) Large Hadron Collider
2. Winning team answering pub quiz questions
3. The complete group in front of the 'Globe' Exhibition Centre
4. Just arrived at Geneva station – We're in Switzerland!
5. Posing besides the Standard Model formula (like they understand what's going on!)
6. Physicists trying (?) to lecture us about the engineering challenges at CERN.
7. Attending a lecture by Dr. Rachel Avramidou about 'mañets' and 'ee-lectron'
Story by R. Boeyink