Visit to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Following on from our CERN trip last summer, our students were involved with more particle physics this year with their visit at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford where they had the privilege to spend a whole day.
Their visit included lectures given by prominent physicists and professionals in the field of particle accelerators, hands on activities to identify the Higgs Boson and a tour of the plant given by the director himself.
Here is our students said about their day:
‘It was very lucky to get the director of the project to be our guide. He gave us an insight of all the applications linked to the trackers surrounding the particle accelerator. It was very interactive with lots of prizes, power-points and analysing data from the particle accelerator. It was very interesting to see how the Higgs boson was discovered. We found Higgs boson second.’
‘My experience at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory was very enlightening and I learnt a lot. It opened my eyes to the lengths scientist will go to understand how our world works on a micro-level. The lecturers were very engaging and informative. It opened my eyes to the fact that there are particles accelerators all around the world, not just at CERN in Geneva. The exercises and quizzes at the end were the highlight of the trip, and we managed to come away with a few prizes, and we hopefully made Errol proud with his hat and mug.’
Russ Lawrance Haringey Sixth Form College Principal was full of praise for the staff who organised the visit, "yet again our amazing talented team have gone the extra mile, this is simply a stunning world class experience for our A level Physics students, superlatives like amazing don't even do it justice. Well done it makes me very proud to see things like this being provided for students at Haringey Sixth Form College."