Two Year 9 students from Brooke Weston took part in science experiments at Imperial College, London, as part of a scheme to introduce students to university. Hannah Dunstan and Alex Kularatnam were nominated for the ‘Dux scheme’ which is run by the Russell Group of Universities with the aim of encouraging young students to consider university education.
They were accompanied by Miss Bailey who said: ‘Departments nominated students who may be eligible to go to university and to show them that potentially this is what they could do in the future. It is a good age for students to start thinking about universities because the subjects they choose at GCSE level will influence their A level and degree choices. It was to get them thinking about what they potentially want to do in the future.’
During the morning Hannah and Alex joined students from around six other schools to take part in a carbon capture and storage experiment led by post-graduate students. After lunch the teams then built solar panels during the afternoon session and had a chance to look around the university campus, seeing the Student Union and where some of the halls of residence are located.
Alex said: ‘I really liked doing the experiments and they took us through it stage by stage.’ Hannah added: ‘I learned what university life would be like if I did go there and enjoyed working in the labs. The building was really nice and big.’