As I (E) study in EBS (Estonian Business School), we got a chance to visit CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. It was a full week of heavy prototyping which ended with building an actual robot.
It was an amazing experience, and it doesn’t happen often that students like us can visit CERN and go all the way down to the collision point. To those of you who don’t know, then CERN “uses the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.“
There were students from Porto, Portugal and Warsaw, Poland. And then us, from Estonia, representing the business side of things. We were divided into teams and we had 1 week to build a robot that is able to create 3 emotions in humans. It was a lot of head ache, as our team didn’t get a programmer, but we solved the problem using a bit of creativity and bribing other teams’ members. So we ended up having a fully functioning robot, and most people in our team of 4 really enjoyed building it. I’m super grateful that I had a chance to be part of something this awesome!
(And yes, we built an interactional condom machine)
And yes, in CERN’s idealab they have a double decker as a meeting room.
100m below the ground – we were allowed to go all the way to almost see the collision point because at the time they had maintenance work going on.
Since we had a day left for sightseeing, we decided to rent a car and went to visit Grenoble, France, which was about 1.5h drive from Geneva. I really really liked Grenoble, so hopefully I will get a chance to go back there!