Students visit CERN and UN headquarters

Students visit CERN and UN headquarters

Published: 20th January 2020

Rochdale Sixth Form College students visit CERN, the world-class research facility in Geneva and take a trip to the United Nations headquarters.

Students from the college visited Geneva for three days and had the opportunity to visit CERN, the United Nations headquarters, Lake Geneva and the National History Museum.

The group were given a guided tour of CERN, the laboratory, which was established in 1954, has become a prime example of international collaboration. Their mission is to provide a unique range of particle accelerator facilities that enable research at the forefront of human knowledge, perform world-class research in fundamental physics and unite people from all over the world to push the frontiers of science and technology, for the benefit of all. The tour included visits to the control room and the magnet testing facility followed by a talk on particle physics and the standard model.

Science subjects are hugely popular at Rochdale Sixth Form College and they offer A level biology, chemistry and physics and a BTEC in applied science. Over 80% of students from the college progress to higher education, with a high number continuing to study STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) related subjects.

Students also visited the United Nations headquarters and were given the chance to see conference rooms, disarmament chambers and lots of beautiful artwork. The United Nations headquarters is based at the historic Palais des Nations, which was originally built for the League of Nations in the 1930s.

Year 13 student, Peter Ransome said: “I would highly recommend the trip for students in the future. CERN was really informative and helped with our particle physics knowledge. I really enjoyed the tour of the UN headquarters, it was a lot fancier than I imagined.”

Between educational tours, there was a boat trip to Lake Geneva and an opportunity for students to take in the culture and cuisine as they enjoyed some free time to explore the city.

Jen Wilson, Subject Leader of Physics at Rochdale Sixth Form College said: “Our students were a credit to the college and made the trip so much fun. Everyone had a great time and we will definitely be running the trip again as the educational benefit to the students is immeasurable”

Rochdale Sixth Form College is the founding institution of the Altus Education Partnership and the number one Sixth Form College for value-added performance in the country for the fifth year. 


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