The Varvakeion High School physics team students in Athens, along with Dutch students, won an international competition held at the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) on the occasion of the institution’s 60th birthday, on July 1. "We were not anxious because we thought we had no chance of winning against our peers from countries with a tradition in the industry, such as the U.S., China or Germany," says the 17-year-old student, Nikolas Plaskovitis.
Following the submission of 292 proposals from school groups around the world, two teams were selected to come to CERN to carry out their own experiments at a CERN beam line. The winners are the “Odysseus’ Comrades” team from Varvakios Pilot School in Athens, and the team from Dominicus College in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The "Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire," more commonly known as CERN, is celebrating 60 years of science for peace: the Convention that led to the establishment of CERN in 1954 was signed on July 1, 1953 in Paris, under the auspices of UNESCO, by twelve founding Member States. See also CERN – From Electrons to Galaxies: Greek high schoolers Visit CERN