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Sixth formers head for top research labs

Published on 19/07/17

Five young scientists from Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form will spend the summer getting real-life laboratory experience as part of an innovative work placement scheme.

The Year 12 students will join research teams in Norwich and Cambridge after winning places in the Nuffield Research Placement scheme, which offers four-week, paid research placements at some of the country’s top research institutions.

Tyler Moore and Zak Canon will head to the University of East Anglia, where Tyler will investigate how the human brain perceives visual illusions, and Zak will use advanced lab techniques to study energy transfer.

Howard Rooke is set to join biologists at the John Innes Centre in Norwich’s Science Park to study how plants sense iron.

Hector Betteridge and Jack Rutter will spend their placements in Cambridge, where Hector will use his maths skills in the bio statistical field at the Medical Research Council, and Jack will work at MathWorks using solar radiation data to model past and future temperatures.

The students will receive a Gold award from CREST, the British Science Association’s accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects, and present their work at a celebration event in Cambridge in the autumn.

Careers co-ordinator Richard Champeney said: “Sir Isaac Newton has an outstanding record in successfully gaining placements, and this year half of all the placements available to Norfolk schools have been filled by our students.

“This scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for our students to work at the highest level of scientific endeavour, and an outstanding foundation upon which to build a career at university and beyond.”