CERN Visit

On Thursday 3rd February, a group of 18 Year 11 and 12 Computer Scientists and Physics students set off to Geneva in Switzerland to visit CERN, the home of the Large Hadron Collider and the birthplace of the World Wide Web.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. It is 100 metres below ground and is where, in 2012, the physicists at CERN found evidence of the Higgs Boson particle.

The first website in the world was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself and was hosted on Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer at CERN. The NeXT machine – the original web server – is still at CERN.