OBA students following the Physics AS level course recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Cern, which was founded in 1952, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research and the students were lucky to have a personal tour from a professor who works on the particle accelerator. After giving them an insight into what it is like to work at CERN, they were then fortunate to observe some of the experiments which make particles collide together, therefore providing fundamental insights into the laws of nature.

Head of Physics, Ms. K. Smyth, who organised the trip said “This coincided with the Particle Physics section of the AS course, so students were really excited to see the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments at work.”

Assistant Principal, Mr. S. Easton, added “One of OBA’s specialisms is Applied Learning and it doesn’t get much better than this! All the theory we study in the classroom really came to life during this visit and the students were really inspired by the whole experience. We rounded off the trip off with a Cruise on Lake Geneva, and a trip to The United Nations Office so the whole adventure was a resounding success which the students have not yet stopped talking about.”