Sixth Form students from a local school recently completed an eight-week practical learning experience in microbiology at Discovery Park to teach them about working in a professional science laboratory.
The project was managed by AlgaeCytes, tenants of the park who develop and commercialise algae derived bioactive ingredients, and helped 14 pupils learn practical lab techniques including growing and monitoring algae, investigating how bacteria affects the growth of algae and conducting cell counts.
At the end of the course, students delivered a presentation about their findings and how the experience had helped them in their studies. Several commented that they are now considering pursuing a career in laboratory science, an option they had not investigated before the programme.
Student, David Powell, 17, said: “I’ve really enjoyed learning in a professional laboratory. It is very different to the labs at school and it’s been great to learn some practical techniques and information that is above our A-level syllabus. I’m definitely thinking of pursuing a career in science after this experience - particularly in a research role in a laboratory.”