Students present scientific research results at microbiology conference
Newton Abbot College’s Year 12 A Level Biology students travelled to Liverpool recently to attend the annual Microbiology Society Conference and present their scientific research findings. The College has spent the last year working as part of the Small World Initiative which aims to discover new antibiotics from soil bacteria.
The Small World Initiative supports teachers in providing practical lessons with links to the wider curriculum whilst giving school students the opportunity to take part in ‘hands-on’ research, working with leading scientists and researchers at the University of Exeter. Students have been analysing Devon soil samples in the search to discover antibiotic-producing bacteria. Newton Abbot College was one of only eight schools across the UK to participate in this research project
The experience has been both eye opening and informative for students, as Year 12 student, Steven East, explained: “Throughout the course of the year’s research, we were able to capture a snapshot of the biological diversity of our home county which was really quite awe inspiring. We have learned many new techniques we have never undertaken before and have had a real insight into how real science and post-graduate research works.”
Science Teacher, Alicia Wideman, who was the lead on the College’s research, was thrilled with the opportunity: “The Society for Microbiology has provided Newton Abbot College A Level Biology students a unique and rare opportunity to conduct authentic, inquiry- based science research first hand, alongside researchers at the University of Exeter.’