Searching for CERN

A visit to Questacon on the evening of day 9 NYSF 2015 offered students an insight into an area of international research which is both answering and creating questions in the field of physics. And for the first time, Session A students engaged with the science teachers attending the National Science Teachers’ Summer School during the live cross to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Hosted by Questacon, the evening began with a presentation from Kaitlin Cook, an NYSF alumna. Kaitlin delivered an overview of the operation of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  Her background talk particularly explained about the discovery of the Higgs Boson which has enabled further verification of the Standard Model of particle physics.

Kaitlin Cook an NYSF alumna

This sparked the interest of both the students and science teachers, and questions began to arise from the crowd.  The special guest, Professor Rolf Landua – who was being viewed live from the LHC at CERN, (8:30am, Switzerland time) left no question from the audience unanswered. Perhaps he had heard it all before?  He has been conducting this session for the NYSF in Canberra for nine years – a very unique and exciting activity for all who participated.

Professor Rolf Landua live from CERN

by Brett Slarks