29th September 2011
There has never been a better time than before to organise a school trip to CERN, as the most powerful physical experiment in the world challenges the fundamental theories underpinning the laws of physics and the universe. It is being claimed at CERN that sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos can transcend the speed of light calling into question Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity and the most famous equation of all time E=mc2, which serves as the bedrock of modern physics. According to recent findings, neutrinos pumped out from Geneva to a laboratory in Italy were recorded to have travelled faster than the speed of light, which stands at a little over 186,000 miles per second.

Scientists around the world reacted with shock at the results, and have been called to verify the findings beofre they are confirmed as one of the greatest scientific discoveries the world has ever seen. If true the findings break one of the most fundamental laws of physics and raises bizarre possibilities including time travel and shortcuts via hidden extra dimensions. Students on a school trip to CERN will therefore be at the cutting edge of science where theories and laws that have stood for years are being challenged and rewritten in front of their very eyes. Science Discoverd speaker Brian Cox urged caution over the recent findings, however commented "if you've got something travelling faster than light, then it's the most profound discovery of the last 100 years or more in physics. Its a very, very big deal. It requires a complete rewriting of our understanding of the universe."

Based in Geneva, CERN has become an increasingly popular school trip for science students as it is highly accessible. Students are encouraged to visit and take a behind the scenes guided tour where they can explore the exciting and interactive exhibitions that CERN has to offer including the "Universe of Particles" and "Microcosm" exhibitions. With recent findings confirming CERN at the centre of modern scientifical thinking, a school trip to CERN is a great way for students to experience science outside the classroom in an environment that is being renowened for challenging the theories they read in their textbooks.

If you are a teacher looking to make science more interactive and would like your students to experience the most powerful physical experiment ever built please contact us for more information on a school trip to CERN.

Alternatively students can attend our fantastic national science event, Science Discovered, at the O2 in November featuring amongst others BBC Wonders of the Universe Star Professor Brian Cox who plays an important role at CERN as a leading particle physicist.

To vierw a short film about Science Discovered please visit our facebook page- http://www.facebook.com/AdaptableTravel?sk=video

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