Future Science

On 23rd January our pupils attended the ninth annual ‘Future Science for Future Scientists’ event at The John Innes Centre, Norwich.

The event was jointly organised by Derek Wright (Lynn Grove Academy) and Martin Knapp (Caister Academy) through the East Norfolk Triple Science Network.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the many exciting potential career and study options open to young people with science qualifications; especially triple sciences and A levels. The event was attended by pupils from six local schools in the world renowned plant research establishment.

The sessions started with an introduction by Mr Knapp, followed by a fascinating and thought provoking key note speech by James Piercy titled ‘Reality and Illusion’. The pupils then attended various workshops such as ‘lotions and potions’, ‘DNA necklace’, ‘carbon trading.’ They then had the opportunity to meet real scientists from The John Innes Centre for Plant Research, UEA Chemistry Department, The Welcome Institute, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) and A level students from East Norfolk Sixth Form College.

The pupils had a great day, met many interesting people and engaged in fun learning activities.

Thanks to the John Innes Centre and Dr Phil Smith (Teacher Scientist Network) for hosting the event, as well as all the academics and scientists who gave up a days work to enthuse our youngsters.

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