Physics A level students Josh Chapman, Josh Emery, Thomas Lucas and Eliot Mann won the Marshall Launchpad bridge design competition earlier this year against stiff local competition. The prize was an autumn-term trip to CERN in Switzerland.
The trip included a visit to the Big Bang exhibition, the Particle Detection exhibition, the Big Bang wall and the Atlas Experiment control room as well as a tour of the Cyclotron and a look at the Proton Beam tubes. The students also had lunch in the CERN complex. Away from the complex, there was a chance to explore Geneva, taking a boat trip, visiting chocolate shops and staying in a characterful guesthouse.
The sixth-form Bridge Building competition
The brief was to:
- Research bridges that open to allow objects to pass underneath
- Produce a report showing their research and solution to the problem presented on the project brief
- Present their research and solution to a panel of engineering judges
The shortlisted teams spent a day at Marshall with three hours to build the model bridge the team had designed in the previous round. All teams had the same amount of the same materials and were marked on the opening mechanism, strength/weight ratio, teamwork and penalised on use of extra materials. The Long Road team were the clear winners!
Left to right: Josh Emery, Josh Chapman, Eliot Mann and Thomas Lucas in the Atlas Experiment control room
To see more photos, go to: Long Road Sixth Form College CERN
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