7th April 2015

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a central experiment of the CERN facility in Switzerland is due to re-start after a pro-longed two year shut-down.  The good news is school trips to CERN remain available in CERNs latest stage of scientific discovery.

The LHC was shut-down two years ago in order to carry out maintenance and upgrades to the system, which now enables scientists to double the energy they put into the system in order for it to smash atoms harder than they have ever before.  Why are scientists at CERN doing this?  In short to push the boundaries of science even further to help gain a better understanding of how the Universe was started and how it works by exploring a series of theories.  One such theory is the Standard Model, a theory which describes how the basic building blocks of the universe interact.  However, despite the discovery of the Higgs Boson at CERN recently, the Standard Model theory is still incomplete and requires further investigation and simply put, some parts of the theory do not currently work in reality, what has been shown to be reality contradicts some of the fundamental understanding of the Standard Model theory.

During the latest series of experiments at CERN, adventures below ground will be more limited than during the shut-down due to safety reasons.  However, a visit to CERN during the latest phase of experiments is a wonderful opportunity to take students to visit science theory in the making.  CERN is trying to work out the composition of the Universe – what could be more inspiring than visiting CERN whilst this discovery is taking place, visiting whilst the biggest scientific theories are being forged.  This latest phase of discovery is being dubbed ‘Beyond the Standard Model’.

Adaptable Travel have organised educational trips to CERN for over 4000 UK students from UK schools.  Contact Adaptable Travel today to find out how we can help you organise your school trip to CERN.

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