Trip to CERN 2015


Icknield Students hunt for the Higgs-Boson at CERN

Students from Icknield High School have been inspired by a visit to CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider.

During the visit which took place between 21st and 24thCERN02 October, the 21 Year 11 students discovered 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?

Scientific breakthroughs such as the discovery of the Higgs-Boson require experimental machines on the large scale, and the students gained an appreciation of the technicalCERN03 and engineering challenges that the multinational experimental collaborations at CERN face.

The Icknield students were one of the first students in the UK to take part in S’Cool lab, an inspirational new facility for teaching modern physics. The students carried out a range of hands on experiments which lead to a practical understanding of key equation, laws, phenomena and concepts.


Maqdus Iqbal from Icknield said, ‘Switzerland was so amazing! It was a great way to inspire my artwork because of the pictures I took around the town and mountains. I learnt a lot of new things about physics and it helped my understanding of it’.

The UK has been a member of CERN since the organisation was founded in 1954. The Icknield High School students visit was led by a member of the CERN community who talked from personal experience about their contribution to CERN’s research programme.

STFC’S chief executive Officer, Professor John Womersley said “The scale of the science and technology at CERN is awe-inspiring. There is no doubt that seeing it at first hand, and meeting the people who work on the experiments, can influence young people’s future education and career choices. My own research career began at CERN and I continue to be fascinated by its discoveries”.

The trip ended with a visit to Rochers-de-Naye, by train and cog railway to take in the breath taking Geology and panoramic Scenery from 6413 ft.


Icknield’s Head of Science Mrs Connington said, ‘CERN is an incredibly inspiring place to visit as it gives students the chance to see what science can achieve when people work together. They also get to meet and speak to real scientists working on experiments at the cutting edge of science – and experiments don’t get much more cutting edge than the Large Hadron Collider! One of the highlights of this years’ visit was the chance to attend S’Cool Lab, where students were able to carry out experiments we don’t usually do in school’.