Year 13 Physics students usually finish the SL syllabus around January with the study of nuclear and particle physics as their final topic. Every year the Physics department offers them the opportunity to visit the largest nuclear facility in Europe, CERN, in Geneva on the border between France and Switzerland.
This year, thirty-five curious ISH students traveled down to Geneva to join a 3-hour excursion visiting some of the control centres and engineering sites of the LHC, CMS and ATLAS experiments. For many, it was a very insightful and rewarding experience that added to the learning that happens in the classroom.
When asked what they liked most about this trip, one student wrote
"I enjoyed the visit to CERN because I learned a lot of new fascinating information related to particle physics and the work they do at CERN. However, I also generally enjoyed spending time with friends and having fun in Geneva itself."
Another student wrote that they
"loved the freedom and comradery between everyone on the trip both students and teachers"
After reading students' comments we concluded that ISH has a truly wonderful and appreciative student body and we look forward to organising an even better trip to CERN next year!