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Young scientists have a blast at research conference

Published on 27/03/18

Students from Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form have explored the booming world of cutting-edge science at an event showcasing the region’s latest research developments.

Seven students had their interest fired at the Youth STEMM Award mid-term conference, held at the John Innes Centre in Norwich’s Research Park on Tuesday, March 6, as part of their work towards the award.

The event showcased the work of PhD students and researchers from Norwich’s renowned scientific institutes, and included an explosive demonstration from UEA volcanologist Professor Jenni Barclay, who gave a lecture on how eruptions are caused and predicted.

The students were also able to get their hands on cutting-edge biology experiments, and talk to scientists about the wide range of careers available in real-world research.

The Youth STEMM project is a Norwich-based award scheme that aims to promote student involvement in science, technology, engineering, maths, and medicine, and inspire the next generation of STEMM professionals.

Students work towards a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award in a series of challenges including public engagement, work experience, and inspiring younger people.

Year 12 student Ewan Holmes said: “This was a fantastic trip to an incredibly interesting and inspiring place.”