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Year 13 trip to CERN

In February this year, the Year 13 physicists flew to Switzerland for the annual physics CERN trip. The trip is centred on CERN itself and the opportunity to see the Large Hadron Collider, which is at the forefront of modern physics. However, we also got the chance to see the very best of the beautiful city of Geneva.

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Our time in Geneva began in a fantastic and very classically Swiss fondue restaurant, which was a great introduction to the food and culture. The next day was spent touring Geneva – by foot and by boat! We saw some famous landmarks, including the Jet d'Eau geyser in Lake Geneva (459 feet high) and the St Pierre Cathedral (with excellent views and photo opportunities). We also had the chance to visit the shops, allowing us to get a taste of Swiss chocolate.

The highlight of the trip, however, would have to be the visit to CERN. Seeing the CMS detector in real life was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it was truly amazing. We also learned about some of CERN's most recent projects and even saw the main control room! The day was finished off with a pizza and bowling (at which I was definitely the worst), which was a really fun way to spend our last night there.

Overall, we had a fantastic time in Switzerland – it was both an amazing experience and a great deal of fun! To future Year 13's, whether you're taking physics to A2 or not, I would highly recommend going – we had a great time that will always stay with us.

Ellie Griffiths