Cern – Magnetic Jigsaw

Here at Badger Design we have been really happy to deal with large companies but Cern are I think by far the largest;  their electricity bill alone is $286per year , the cost of building the Large Hadron Collider was a total cost of $4.75 billion.  So when they came to us with their project for children we were delighted.

The idea was for children doing a tour of the large Hadron Collider to spend 20 minutes at the beginning making up a magnetic  jigsaw of the collider and labelling the various parts, Muon chambers, Toroid Magnets and photon.    The jigsaw is 700mm x 1000mm printed onto magnetic material.  It wasn’t until I saw the image printing with people that it started to dawn on me how large the Hadron Collider is – a mere 27 kilometres (17 miles) in circumference, as deep as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva.  We may not have been able to help with the existence of the hypothesized Higgs boson but it’s nice to know that we at least have a tiny prescence in such an institution.


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