School visit to CERN inspires scientists

The Large Hadron Collider
The Large Hadron Collider

Pupils from Holgate Academy in Hucknall are set to visit the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, in Switzerland, at the end of October.

Around 35 pupils will find out about the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, as well as visiting Einstein’s musuem and the city of Geneva.

Physics teacher Kathryn Brewster said she hoped the trip would inspire a sense of ‘awe and wonder’ about how the universe works, and encourage more youngsters to study sciences at A level.

Kathryn said: “We look at how a particle accelerator works at A level, but part of this is to inspire students to look at this really important area of science and consider it for themselves.

“Any science at A level is important for society as a whole. We need people who can analytical and who can think about and resolve problems.

“Our country was built on a solid manufacturing and engineering foundation - we can’t afford to lose those skills and that intellect. We need the students to ask questions and wonder why.”