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Big Bang Fair

Big bang fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham

Physics talent 2030Big bang fair 2018, NEC, BirminghamThis term the physics department at AGGS publicised the Talent 2030’s National Engineering Competition for Girls, targeting students from years 9, 10 and 12. The competition invites students to solve the major challenges of the 21st century, to get creative, get thinking and most of all – have fun!

The objective of this competition was to identify and provide possible solutions for some of the challenges of the 21st century

We were really pleased with the phenomenal interest in this competition with 97 girls from AGGS submitting an entry about a diverse range of topics which included:

Dealing with climate change
Public transport safety
The declining bee population
Food wastage

On 17th March 2018 a shortlisted group were invited to showcase their entries at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham as their entry was of particular interest to the judges. Students were given the opportunity to showcase their competition projects to the visitors of the fair.

Twenty Two of the shortlisted finalists were students from AGGS and are listed below. These students should be congratulated for their efforts for the phenomenal quality of the work they produced.

Students involved:

Year 9: Isabel A, Rose C, Amy C, Ella R, Christabel A, Orla B, Charlotte L, Karis M, Alison F, Connie A, Alkicia M

Year 10: Emily C, Shraddha A

Year 12: Fiona S, Kerensa S-B, Alice G, Mingya G, Hannah M, Beth G, Zoe G, Isla H, Amelia G

Mr Nisar

Big bang fair 2018, NEC, BirminghamBig bang fair 2018, NEC, Birmingham

CERN Trip 2016 – An Overview

CERN Visit

From the 20th to the 24th October, twenty sixth formers accompanied by Mr Nisar, Miss Lloyd and Mrs Lord went to Geneva, Switzerland to visit CERN. The trip was exciting from the start. The plane flight went normally, save for the plane missing it’s allocated landing time in the Geneva Airport and suddenly swerving up, surprising most people.

After arriving to Geneva and everyone admiring the quietness, smoothness and efficiency of Swiss public transport, we have finally made it to Geneva Youth Hostel. The Youth Hostel was surprisingly nice and we were served good quality food for breakfast.

CERN visit - in-a-lectureThe next day, we went to CERN, where we got a lecture on the use of particle physics in medicine, and a tour of the facility. During our trip we also visited the ATLAS detector and saw the scientists working at the detector. We were, however, not allowed to go underground to where the actual detector is located, as the accelerator was in action.

We also visited many museums related and unrelated to accelerator physics. We saw an engaging and informative presentation about the history of CERN and it’s accelerators as well as seeing a surreal and almost futuristic presentation on how the CERNs first accelerator, the synchrocyclotron worked. Light was projected on to the (real) synchrocyclotron to show various parts of it and what happened inside. It was incredible!

We also visited an interactive display in CERN which told us about the LHC and the discovery of Higgs boson. The most memorable parts of that were the cloud chamber, showing the movement of various particles through space and the life-scale model of the ATLAS detector. We also visited the Globe, in which we had a presentation about the LHC.

CERN Visit - dinner-with-physicistDuring the CERN trip we were given the opportunity to spend time in Geneva. We were given a tour of Geneva by a local guide, in which we found about the history of the city. In our free time we were also allowed to spend time in Geneva walking around museums, admiring the architecture and practicing French. The hardest part was trying to find food, as most shops were closed over the weekend. Some of us took a boat taxi back to the hostel. This allowed us to appreciate the views from the Lake Geneva: the infamous Geneva fountain and also the Alps and Jura mountain ranges, which encircle the city and lake.

CERN visit - dinner-with-physicist

On the final evening we had dinner with physicists working in or in collaboration with CERN. This allowed us to understand more about what the life of a scientist involved. Many of us asked specific questions relating to physics and accelerators which gave us fascinating insights into the day to day life of a physicist at CERN

In the evenings we relaxed by visiting a spaghetti restaurant as well as pizzeria with bowling. On our final day we visited the UN and the botanical gardens, which was a very relaxing way to finish the otherwise intense trip.

This trip was fascinating and I would recommend it to anyone. I would love to go again.

Daria Malysheva (year 12)