S’Cool LAB Days at CERN are offered free of charge.
However, travel expenses, accommodation and meals will not be covered by CERN.
Teachers should not make firm financial commitments to travel or accommodation bookings until after their application for a S’Cool LAB Day has been approved and confirmed by the S’Cool LAB team, after the application period has ended. CERN will not be held responsible for any costs incurred by teachers who are not selected for a S'Cool LAB Day but who have made non-cancellable bookings on the basis of submitting the application form alone.
S'Cool LAB Days take place at the CERN site in Geneva, Switzerland. Once they have received an offer of a S'Cool LAB Day, teachers are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Geneva/CERN.
A S’Cool LAB Day at CERN is a very full and stimulating programme, starting at 8:45 in the morning. Students are expected to be well-rested when they arrive. Past experience shows that over-tired students tend to under-perform in S’Cool LAB, and groups found not to be fully engaged with the activities on-site may see their programme shortened at the discretion of the S’Cool LAB team. Therefore, it is very strongly recommended to arrive in the Geneva area on the day before the S’Cool LAB Day.
The CERN visits service has published useful information on how to get to CERN.
Teachers are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements. Once teachers have received confirmation of their S’Cool LAB Day, they are encouraged to book their accommodation as soon as possible. Geneva is a relatively small city, but it is extremely busy in terms of travelers, and affordable options are often fully booked several months in advance.
The S’Cool LAB team can offer only minimal assistance in this regard. Some previous groups have used the Geneva Youth Hostel. Groups travelling with their own coach may also find options in neighbouring France convenient.
CERN unfortunately cannot offer school groups any space for pick-nicks. School groups taking part in S'Cool LAB Days at are expected to buy lunch in the CERN cafeteria, where there is a wide range of option to suit all tastes and budgets.
CERN in general, and the S’Cool LAB team and CERN visits service in particular, will make every reasonable effort to make S'Cool LAB Days at CERN as accessible as possible, and will be more than happy to discuss any particular requirements you or your students may have.
Part of the S'Cool LAB Day schedule includes walking outdoors between buildings for several minutes at a time. Teachers are expected to check the weather forecast for Geneva ahead of their visit and encourage their students to bring suitable clothing and/or equipment (especially regarding rainy or cold weather). In general, high-heeled shoes, open-toed shoes, flip-flops and sandals are not permitted on CERN visits.
There are no specific clothing restrictions for S’Cool LAB experiments: students should wear whatever makes them feel comfortable. Where specific personal protective equipment is required, it will be provided by the S’Cool LAB team.
Note: CERN does not allow visitors to bring luggage on-site.
Additional CERN tours
A S'Cool LAB Day at CERN is part of a physics education research programme, which must take place in controlled conditions in order to generate meaningful data. As such, the S'Cool LAB team goes to great length to ensure as consistent an experience as possible for participating groups. Therefore, we ask that successful applicants for S'Cool LAB Days at CERN refrain from attempting to make additional visit arrangements at CERN for the same trip (with the exception of CERN's permanent exhibitions).