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Manchester High School for Girls

Sixth Form physicists visit CERN

A group of Sixth Form girls recently visited CERN, home of the Hadron Collider – the most powerful particle accelerator in the world.

The Large Hadron Collider accelerates protons through a 17 mile tunnel until they reach nearly the speed of light. Protons are directed through the tunnel in opposite directions and when they collide, they create conditions similar to the early universe.

Mr Paul McDaid, Head of Physics at Manchester High School for Girls, said: “Our tour of CERN was incredibly insightful. The girls have studied the Hadron Collider in depth as part of the A-level course, so it was great for our girls to speak with physicists who are currently working at CERN and gain a greater understanding into their work.

“Some of the girls have ambitions to study Physics at university and this trip gave them the opportunity to speak to world-leading scientists. I’m confident that they will have come away with a real insight into what their future careers might involve.”

Chloe Kadir, who hopes to study Physics at university, said: “It was really interesting to be at CERN and to speak to the scientists who work there. Alex Kalogeropoulos from Princeton University gave us a real insight into how important collaboration is across the global scientific community. We were on the same tour as Surbiton High School for Girls, so it proved that the future of Women in STEM is bright too!”

The girls also visited the United Nations, the International Committee of Red Cross and took a boat trip across Lake Geneva.