17th March 2016

Deep down underground, a team of the world’s most respected scientists are working hard on one the most important and interesting science experiments of modern times.

But how much do you really know about what is happening at the CERN research facility?

The Importance of CERN

The experiments taking place at CERN have been at the forefront of modern science for many years. Originally founded by 12 European states, membership has grown to over 21 different countries and research coming out of the scientific facility continues to push the boundaries of what we believe is possible, revolutionising our perception of the world around us and how it operates. 

This is all possible thanks to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  A marvel of modern day engineering, the LHC is made up of a number of circular rings, the biggest of which spans nearly 17 miles. It was created in order to accelerate particles as close to the speed of light as possible, these particles are then smashed together in a controlled environment. The results of these collisions are recorded and the data is used to further expand our knowledge of particle physics.

Particles are the building blocks which make up the universe in which we live. Until recently technology has not been available to study them in detail and their reactions closely enough. However with the creation of the LHC, scientists are now able to prove and disprove respected theories that have never been tested before.

What have we already learned and what is to come?

The research pouring out of CERN has already had a massive effect on the science community. The jewel in the crown was the revolutionary discovery of the Higgs-boson particle, the ‘missing piece of the puzzle’ which validated many theories on particle physics and mass. Scientists working with the LHC however are certainly not resting on their laurels after this discovery and now they know that the particle exists, work is underway to find out more on how it works and its significance.

CERN is not just about the LHC as there are hundreds of experiments covering a wide range of scientific areas taking place every day. Experiments featuring the Higgs-boson are primarily run through the ATLAS & CMS Detectors in the LHC but these are just two of four detectors all set up to look at different things. The scope of CERN is huge and number of important experiments and research currently taking place is vast.

LHC Interactive Tour

It can be difficult to imagine the enormous scale of the LHC and the advanced technologies it utilises. Thanks to the BBC though you can now step inside the huge particle accelerator for the first time with its clever 360° interactive tour video. This video takes you underground on a short tour through the vast tunnel systems which house the Particle Accelerator. Together with a running commentary of what you are seeing, it is a great way to introduce yourself to what is going on at CERN.


Why should you visit CERN?

CERN sits proudly as a beacon of the science community, inspiring a brand new generation of scientists from around the world bringing them together to focus on a project beneficial for everyone. Here at Adaptable Travel, we believe that there is no better way to learn than to experience things first hand, which is why we believe all students should get the chance to visit CERN and learn from those working hard to broaden our knowledge of the world in which we live in.

Adaptable Travel are specialists in school trips to Geneva and CERN with many groups travelling with us every year. If you are interested in taking your students on a visit, we would be happy to help and advise on your school trip to CERN.

Don’t hesitate, get in touch today and start planning your school trip to CERN

Please note: Guided tours around CERN are free of charge for groups and last for approximately 3 hours. You can request a time slot at the link below. Once you have this in place, please let us know and we can put together a quotation around the date received. https://outreach.web.cern.ch/outreach/visites/schools.html

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