A Taste of BioSciences
During the holidays, two of our Year 11 students (who move up to the Sixth Form this term) were given the wonderful opportunity to attend a BioSciences Summer School at Nottingham University. This prestigious course is only open to students who are on track to achieve A*, A or B grades in their GCSE science subjects and are interested in pursuing a career in science.
Angela Liu says, “The summer school was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. On the first day we were given a short introduction to plants and crops by a professor and actually went to pick plant samples and observed them under a microscope. Also, we had a chance to look at the latest robot which was used to pick up and scan plants. The second day was spent in the lab, where I saw a state-of-the-art light sheet microscope and some cultured tissue samples. We also did a little project on paper chromatography with leaves. In the afternoon, I went into the greenhouse and fertilised some crops with pollen from a different crop. That evening, during the formal dinner, a manager from Unilever gave us a fascinating talk on food sustainability. On the last day, I went to visit a farm and saw the factory production process of elderflower drinks. I am so delighted that I chose to go to the camp.”
Emily Lui agreed, “The course was fun and I did enjoy it. The session on gelatin and polysaccharide was great and particularly interesting. It was exciting to visit the Doritos factory and observe the whole manufacturing process. I am very keen on studying Biochemistry at university now!”