British Science Festival

Senior School Sixth Form

The British Science Festival Coventry and Warwickshire 2019 took place earlier this month featuring a diverse programme of talks, debates, performances and activities at the University of Warwick and around the city.

A group of Lower Sixth students were able to attend a lecture at the University of Warwick called ‘Super Drugs for Superbugs’ about antimicrobial resistance and new ways to overcome this problem.

Lower Sixth student Charlotte Bull said, “It was an excellent opportunity for us to gain further knowledge about biological problems currently faced by the scientific community. The lecture was highly informative and allowed the lecturers from a range of backgrounds to address the common misconceptions surrounding antibiotic resistance as well as talk about new methods to combat the problem.”

The pupils all agreed it was a great experience that will help them to understand problems that will be faced in the future.

Another group attended a second lecture entitled ‘One Cell to rule them all’ about chromosomes and cells. It was an excellent opportunity for the students to gain further knowledge about chromosomes and the process of cell division.

A Lower Sixth student said, “The lecturer was extremely passionate about his research and was excited to show us footage from his electron microscope that is yet to have been published. We were all extremely shocked by the staggering number of cells (50 trillion) that we have in our body, and he also told us that one billion cells are born and die every day!”

Lower Sixth student, Nithisa said, “It was a great experience for us all and we really appreciate the opportunity to widen our knowledge.”

The two lectures we attended were really interesting and the students learnt many new things which will stretch and challenge them beyond the A level syllabus.

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