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Blackpool Sixth science students celebrate their year

Blackpool Sixth science students celebrate their year

Blackpool Sixth scientists celebrated their year of achievements at a special science night.

Forty students at the college are members of two extra-curricular groups at the sixth form, the Medical Society and the Science Club.

The students held a special event to showcase the activities they have been involved in over the last 12 months. Highlights included raising £404 for Brian House Hospice in Bispham.

Students in the Science Club organised speakers including University of Salford’s Steve Rossington, who talked about how molecular modelling is used to aid drug design. Other debates focused on science in the news such as polymer technology. Students also took part in practical experiments, making amongst other things, glow in the dark slime.

The Medical Society invited guest speakers including admissions staff from Manchester University, the National Artificial Eye Service and Blackpool Public Health. Debated topics included ethics in medicine including issues around body dysmorphia and eating disorders.

Kerry Ormson, science teacher, said: “The students were the driving force around the topics they were interested in and they organised sporting events against each other to raise money for Brian House.”

Team-building exercises at Smelt Mill in the Trough of Bowland also helped develop students’ communication and collaborative skills, all useful in medical scenarios.

CHARITY CHEQUE: left to right: Emma Padgett from Brian House, Steve O’Brien, head of science, students Harrison Hughes and Jade Williams from the Science Academy.