Budding scientists got closer to learning how the universe began when they travelled to Switzerland to visit the famous Hadron Collider.
The lower sixth form pupils from Bede’s School in Upper Dicker, who are studying physics, visited CERN where the Large Hadron Collider is kept.
The Large Hadron Collider is an underground ring of circumference 27km, which collides a certain group of particles together, known as Hadrons, before examining the results of these collisions.
It was the chance to visit a facility which could confirm how the universe began, and shows how fundamental particles of matter interact with one another.
Student Ed Cudlipp, from the school, said seeing the machine was ‘mind blowing’ and the group all had a ‘great time.’
He said: “It was a vastly impressive structure encompassing thousands of magnets, wiring, electronics and engineering, words really don’t do it justice.
“It was frankly mind blowing.
“It’s hard to imagine that the human brain can span that far, and create such a complex piece of machinery.
“Just to put this into perspective, the particles in the collider go around the 27km ring roughly 11,000 times per second, all in an entirely controlled environment.
“We all had a great time, and all feel honoured to have seen CERN and its Large Hadron Collider.
“Furthermore, we learnt lots about physics on the way - all in good stead for our upcoming exams.”
CERN, which stands for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers, uses the collider to probe the structure of the universe.
The machine is used to make the particles collide together at close to the speed of light which helps decipher how particles interact and the fundamental laws of nature.