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Year 12 CERN 360 Images

Come and join us with the latest photos from our annual Y12 trip to CERN. The students had the opportunity to meet and ask key questions of CERN scientists whilst we visited the ATLAS site and the Super Conductor Test Facility. The students found it extremely valuable and it will enhance their curriculum knowledge by embedding them in a rich contextual experience.

We invite you to join us with what they saw thanks to our new 360 camera. Check out the gallery as we toured Lake Geneva, Mont-Saleve, and CERN! In addition there is a 360 video of the cloud chamber that they have in the CERN museum, we will use this as a teaching tool in lessons to allow students to view cosmic rays.

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA
CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Cern #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


CENR 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA


CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

CERN 2019 #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

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Particle Physics Masterclass at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

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Year 12 and 13 students have been experiencing experimental physics first hand at the Particle Physics Masterclass. Held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford, we visited the ISIS neutron and muon source, the largest particle accelerator in the UK, to learn about cutting edge research first hand.

Students were able to visit the collider where amazing feats of engineering are happening every day to create subatomic particles and look at data transmitted from CERN to find the Higgs boson, with APS proving their scientific credentials as the first school at the workshop to identify evidence of a Higgs event. The day was rounded off by a series of engaging and stimulating lectures that are sure to inspire our physicists of the future. Here are their thoughts on the day:

The talks were very interesting and well structured around the other activities of the day which provided a great insight into the uses and what is involved in running a particle accelerator. I was also inspiring to see the the wide range of careers and people that work there.Cosmo
The visit to the accelerator was very well structured. We listened to talks about particle physics, the history of particle accelerators and how they work, all of which were interesting and informative. We also had a tour of some of the facility, where we learnt more about the work involved in operating accelerators, and got the chance to use a computer program that allowed us to view data from the LHC. Overall, the day was inspiring and insightful.Max
The activities allowed us to gain a better insight into data processing and the structure of the data collectors at CERN. We learnt a lot about the different detectors and how they are used to understand which fundamental particles are given off during a collision and how momentum is conseved. The tour also allowed us the see how much effort goes into building all the machinery needed to carry out the research.Granit
The trip was very interesting and was extremely helpful in widening my knowledge in physics. Additionally, it helped me understand further possible careers in physics. The layout of the day was also well structured. Furthermore, I found it extraordinary witnessing the amazing apparatus used in particle accelerators.Alexandros Androutsos
The trip to the accelerator was very interesting and insightful onto the physics and process behind finding new sub atomic particles that could help us understand the world better . The talks were interesting and expanded my knowledge on quantum physics and therefore giving me a heads start on others . I also went to ISIS which showed me their machinery close up and gave me a visual idea of how much is needed to control sub atomic particles and their interactions.Viktor Maszewski
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APS Astronomy Evening huge success

On Valentine's day 2019, Alexandra Park School's science department fell in love with the stars as we hosted an evening of astronomy.

Steve Fossey of UCL and the Mill Hill observatory kicked the evening off with a fascinating retelling of the night he and his team discovered a supernova, which was followed by 2 hours of observing the night sky through the school's telescopes. Highlights of the evening included the STEAM club's homemade telescopes giving clear and highly magnified images of the Moon's surface, and a breath-taking view of the Orion nebula through the school's larger refracting telescope thanks to the fortuitous weather.

I've never used a telescope before! It was interesting to see stars from a different perspective, and Ill never forget itEddie
It was goodCharlie
I went to the Astronomy Observation evening thinking it would be a waste of time (in the cold!) but then I found out that it was really cool and fun!Elsie, 7A
I have never seen the moon that close up before! It was so detailed!>Marin, 7X
I thought fun and interesting to learn about astronomy and see the stars and the moon through a telescope I also found it very interesting when Steve Fossey was talking about supernovasAmelia, 7A
It was extremely enjoyable to learn about supernovas and how they start and end. I also enjoyed using the telescopes we made to see the stars (even if it was quite difficult)Bethany, 7L
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