S. Anselm’s College pupils have recently returned from an action packed two day visit to Geneva, the highlight of which was a visit to the European Nuclear Research Centre – ‘CERN’ – on the Franco-Swiss border.
The tour of CERN commenced with a short lecture from one of the Professors, who explained the importance of their work and the history behind CERN itself. The children then learned about the Proton Synchotron, the world’s first ever particle accelerator. They saw a very interesting presentation about the development of the technology at CERN, and how it progressed from the Proton Synchotron to the Super Synchotron and into the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). At the other side of the site, everyone was able to see where the (very expensive!) superconducting magnets were made and tested, before finishing the tour with a look into a section of the LHC (not the real one unfortunately!).
Whilst in Geneva, the children also visited the impressive Botanical Gardens and the Natural History Museum as well as enjoying a guided tour around the United Nations and attending a talk on its history.