Crick News

ISSUE 06

April 2013

Education events

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British Library Events:

To celebrate National Science and Engineering Week, the Crick recently joined forces with the learning team at the British Library to stage an exciting lecture series for sixth form students taking science A-Levels.

The events, which took place on 12-14th March, were designed to inspire students going on to study science courses at university and to introduce them to university style lectures.

Three lectures were given, on themes as diverse as robotic engineering, climate change, and cancer biology. Professor Alan Winfield from the Bristol Robotics Lab enthralled the students with his amazing robots, including 'Shrewbot' that sees with its whiskers, whilst Professor Mark Maslin delivered a powerful and engaging session all about climate science. Lastly, Professor Kairbaan Holdivala-Dilke from the Barts Cancer Institute introduced students from Westminster Kingsway College and Hampstead School to the fascinating field of Angiogenesis, and gave a wonderful insight as to how she came to be a world- leading researcher for Cancer Research UK.

All of the sessions went down brilliantly well, and the students were engaged throughout. We are looking forward to working with the British Library again to make the event even bigger and better next year.

 

Ask a Nobel Scientist:

Now in its second year, the LRI and Crick's 'Ask a Nobel Scientist' event has proved extremely popular with schools once again. Places were fully booked within days of advertising the event, and over 140 students from Westminster Kingsway College, Regent High School, Maria Fidelis School, the UCL Academy, Acland Burghley School, and City and Islington College all had the chance to quiz our panel of expert scientists at the Wellcome Trust on March 26th.

The Science Museum's Director of External Affairs, Roger Highfield, chaired this year's session with great success, fielding questions to our three panellists, Sir Tim Hunt, Dr Julie Cooper and Professor Charlie Swanton from Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute.  A live Twitter feed kept the discussion fresh and lively, with tweets coming from the audience (and further afield), and prizes were awarded to the students with the most thought-provoking questions.