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A Taste of BioSciences

Science Senior Sixth


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!”
 



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