Year 10 student James Flint had a three-day residential at Warwick University learning about particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider. James was taught by university lecturers and PhD students and took part in masterclasses in the morning and practical hands-on workshops in the afternoon.
The course was organised by The Smallpeice Trust which offers a range of programmes to secondary school age students. The physics course at Warwick attracted 50 students from all over the UK and one from America.To be eligible students needed to demonstrate their subject knowledge and submit a recommendation from their physics teacher.
James said: ‘We were looking at physics in engineering so we covered topics like how the Large Hadron Collider was built and how it all works. We also studied particle physics, how stars work, engineering in buildings, computer programming and astrophysics. I found the particle physics and astrophysics the most interesting topics and more complex than anything I have studied previously. We worked in groups of five and being on the course has made me look into studying physics at university as I want to be a civil engineer. I will keep in touch with the friends that I made on the course and I would definitely recommend it and attend another one if possible.’