Fulneck School pupils visit CERN and meet former pupil working there


Students from Fulneck School have been on an inspiring visit to CERN, home of the large Hadron Collider and were hosted by a former student, now working there.
 
The annual trip to the centre for scientific research is now in its 7th year and is an opportunity for Year 11 and 13 students to discover how CERN is helping to answer some of the most fundamental questions. How did the Universe begin? What are the basic building blocks of matter?
 
This year’s visit proved particularly inspiring though as former Fulneck student Sherman Zhang, who had visited CERN on the school’s first trip seven years ago, is now completing his PhD there. He was able to lead the student’s visit and talk from personal experience about how he is now contributing to CERN’s research programme.
  
Caroline Neuberg, Head of Science at Fulneck School says “I remember bringing Sherman as a pupil to visit CERN and he told me that one day he wanted to work here.  I never could have imagined that 6 years later he would be showing our latest group of students around.  It just shows how seeing it at first hand, and meeting the people who work on the experiments, can influence young people’s future education and career choices.”
 
In addition to visiting the CERN facility and viewing the Large Hardon Collider, pupils also got the chance to visit the United Nations Office in Geneva and visit the chambers where many important historical negotiations have taken place. 
 
For the first time ever, Fulneck pupils were also joined on the trip by pupils from another Leeds School, Mount St Mary’s. 
 
Caroline says “Thanks to the amazing work of the Ogden Trust network, students from Mount St Mary Catholic School and their teacher were invited to join Fulneck in our first multi-school international trip.  It was fantastic for our students to be able to make new friends whilst they were out there and share in some truly magical memories.”

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works.
 

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