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PACA at CERN

Academy STEM centre visits CERN

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy students embark on a special visit to CERN in Geneva

Posted by Stephanie Broad | December 11, 2015 | School life

A group of Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) students recently visited the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. It is one of the world's largest and most respected centres for scientific research and famous for the Large Hadron Collider. Based in Geneva, CERN also operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. During the trip, students had the opportunity to see cutting edge science in action, as well as meeting with top physicists and engineers from across the facility.

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known as CERN

Sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the trip was a prize for winning the Best STEM Club of the Year at the STEMNET Awards held at the House of Lords on 6th October 2015. STEMSussex from University of Brighton nominated PACA and have provided STEM ambassadors for the STEM clubs.  Dr Caroline Oprandi, who manages PACA’s STEM Centre, commented: “I am delighted to be taking these students who have worked so hard on STEM projects. One student remarked: “I love STEM, it makes me feel like a real scientist”. I am very lucky to be helping students to engage with the STEM subjects and bring science alive for them in ways never done before at PACA”.

This year PACA’s STEM Centre also won the Coast to Capital STEM club of the year award and the Gatwick Electronics prize at the Regional Big Bang Show.  PACA was also a finalist at the TeenTech Awards held at the Royal Society.

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