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Cumbria West Coast Partnership

Year of Formation:2015
Hub:Energy Coast UTC
Co-ordinator:Joe Richardson
Email:cumbriawestcoast@ogdentrust.com

Partnership schools:Beacon Hill Community School; Cockermouth School; Keswick School; Netherhall School; St Benedict’s Catholic High School; St Joseph’s Catholic High School; West Lakes Academy; Whitehaven Academy; Workington Academy

This year we have hosted an inflatable planetarium for two days. The sessions were attended by pupils from local primary schools as well as our own students. Participants were amazed by an unobstructed view of the night sky, and were given a first-person perspective of the lunar and martian surfaces.

At the end of January, we took 12 students on a visit to CERN. We were given an in-depth tour of the magnet assembly and test facility, followed by a visit to the control room for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer instrument, currently installed on the International Space Station. We were also lucky enough to meet Nobel Prize winner Samuel Ting!

On the horizon, we are arranging for a guest speaker to talk to students about particle physics. In addition, we are running a competition involving the partner schools to design and build an eco-friendly and sustainable model house.

Also in the planning phase is a physics project for the summer term which will involve our local primary schools.