During the two week intensive festival of exploration, we had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a diverse range of topics that expanded our knowledge and perspectives. One of the key concepts that we learned about was the growth mindset, which emphasises the idea that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work.

We also explored the importance of thinking on a planetary scale, which encouraged us to consider the impact of our actions and decisions on the broader world. This involved learning about the interconnectedness of different systems and the need for sustainable practices to ensure the health and well-being of our planet.

In addition to these topics, we were exposed to a wide range of ideas and perspectives that challenged our assumptions and expanded our thinking. This helped us to develop a more nuanced understanding of the world and our place within it.

Our visit to the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment was an incredibly valuable experience that allowed us to witness firsthand the workings of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and deepen our understanding of particle physics.

The tour guide also explained the principles of particle physics and how the LHC is used to study the behavior of subatomic particles. We were able to see how the proton beams are accelerated to extremely high energies and then collided in the center of the CMS detector, creating a shower of particles that can be analyzed to learn more about the fundamental properties of matter and the universe.

Overall, the festival of exploration was an incredibly enriching experience that helped us to grow both intellectually and personally. We left with a renewed sense of curiosity and a deeper appreciation for the complexity and diversity of the world around us.