Science Camp inspires the next generation
The John Innes Centre recently hosted a Science Camp for Year 10 students from across Norfolk. 12 students were selected to take part in the 4 day camp, which mixed working in the centre’s labs with other science-based activities.
Making use of the Chris Lamb training lab students learnt to use a pipette, extract DNA from blueberries, run protein gels, cross fertilise Arabidopsis and also visited the insectary to study aphid feeding.
Students also got to learn about science communication and chat to PhD students before starting 2 days of work placements in JIC and Institute of Food Research laboratories. If that was not enough they also got to debate GM issues, visit the microscopy facilities and learn presentation skills.
At then end of the program students presented their experiences to each other, scientists from across site and science teachers.
“The quality of these presentations was outstanding as was their understanding of the research they had taken part in and their passion for science,” said Samantha Fox, Science Coordinator for the scheme.
Elise Page from North Walsham High School said “I loved being here. We all wanted to be here because we all love science.”
“Overall it was a highly rewarding experience for all involved. The students will without doubt return to school totally enthused and inspired, and in turn spread that momentum to their friends, teachers and families,” said Samantha. “I’d like to thank everyone who took part and supported the scheme, which we hope will become an annual event.”
For more information on the Year 10 Science camp, visit http://www.jic.ac.uk/year10/