Trip to Swiss research centre gives taste of world-class STEM

How did our universe begin? What is our universe actually made of? And can we create artificial ‘suns’ here on planet Earth to solve our ever increasing global energy demands? These are some of the questions the international community of scientists based near Geneva have been working on for the past 50 years. In October half-term break more than 30 Headington girls were lucky enough to visit CERN and the Swiss Plasma Centre to meet world-leading scientists and hear about the latest discoveries in high-energy particle physics.

Group of girls stand in front of CERN
Girls wearing safety goggles conducting an experiment
Two pupils wearing safety goggles conducting an experiment 2
A piece of scientific equipment at the CERN laboratories
Group shot of our pupils outide the CERN Laboratories
Fantastic French trip

Twenty girls and three teachers set off at 2.00 am on Saturday morning to the bustling city in Southern France. After watching the sunrise through the airplane windows, we were greeted by the morning sun as we stepped out into Montpellier.

We journeyed first to our characterful apartments, flats or houses, attempting to converse in French as much as possible. We settled down to an early lunch before visiting the only replica of the Arc du Triomphe, taking a walk in ‘La Promenade du Peyrou’ and having an afternoon of exploring the city.

Group of girls stand in the sea
Girls stand under parade of pink umbrellas
Group of girls stand in front of arch
Group of girls stand in front of map
Three girls jump in the air with the beach behind them
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