CMS outreach event to close LS1

CMS opened its doors to about 700 students from schools near CERN, who visited the detector on 16 and 17 February during the last major CMS outreach event of LS1.


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Enthusiastic CMS guides spent a day and a half showing the equally enthusiastic visitors, aged 10 to 18, the beauty of CMS and particle physics. The recently installed wheelchair lift was called into action and enabled a visitor who arrived on crutches to access the detector cavern unimpeded. 

The CMS collaboration had previously devoted a day to school visits after the successful “Neighbourhood Days” in May 2014 and, encouraged by the turnout, decided to extend an invitation to local schools once again. The complement of nearly 40 guides and crowd marshals was aided by a support team that coordinated the transportation of the young guests and received them at Point 5, where a dedicated safety team including first-aiders, security guards, two CERN firefighters and two technicians for the underground lift were present. 

The successful event was possible thanks to the support of the CMS Visits Service, Technical Coordination team and Safety team as well as CERN’s Local Communication staff. CMS will continue to run underground visits during Run 2, albeit with limited access to the service cavern.

by Achintya Rao