The Perse School

Students excel in Physics Competition

Earlier this year, a group of Lower Sixth students entered a physics competition called Beamline for Schools, which is run by CERN (the underground lab on the French/Swiss border where they discovered the Higgs Boson).

The premise of the competition was that teams from schools across the world designed experiments that could be run on one of the beamlines at CERN. The teams had to submit a written proposal and a video pitch of their idea, with the winners then being invited to Switzerland for a week to conduct their experiment on a fully equipped CERN beamline, in the same way that researchers do at the Large Hadron Collider and other CERN facilities. Claude Vallee, chairperson of the CERN SPSC committee, said that the competition is, ‘very effective in triggering motivation for fundamental physics of young brilliant students at a moment that is crucial for their future career choices’.

The Perse team put forward a fascinating and innovative idea, resulting in being highly commended for their work. A total of 151 teams from 37 countries around the world entered this competition, so this represents a significant achievement. The school will be given a cosmic ray detector, and the team members will be receiving certificates and T-shirts as recognition for their success.

Congratulations to Pratap Singh, Thomas Read, Tim Harrison, Patrick Bevan, Spencer Regan-Smith, Jun Seo, Sechan Yun, Jaehyeon Kim, Lancelot Herpin and the team leader Steph Budenberg on this impressive achievement.

Their 60 second video pitch can be found at Perse team – Beamline for Schools

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