Celebration evening showcases student success

Batteries, chocolate eclairs and broad smiles were the order of the evening, as Science Oxford welcomed twelve students, their families and placement providers to the Work Experience Celebration event on Thursday 03 October.

The celebration evening is our opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of those students who took part in their summer STEM Work Experience placements.

The evening included a fascinating talk by Fran Long from the Faraday Institution regarding the future of battery technology, as well as an opportunity for the students to showcase the work they took part in on their placements. There was a vibrant atmosphere as parents, placement providers and Science Oxford staff all mingled with the students and admired the posters which, created by the students, encapsulated the essence of their placements; not only the work achieved but the valuable lessons learned.

One student said of the experience: “I am so grateful for this placement, as we got to do some many things that I would’ve never have done at school. We don’t sequence DNA at school!”

Another student said: “I really enjoyed my placement! Work Experience placements are a fantastic opportunity for students to view the working world, to take in new experiences that they may never experience anywhere else and to obtain valuable lessons in the broad horizon of possible STEM career paths.”

“I’d just like to say thank you to you all for the Celebration evening on Thursday. I really enjoyed it! It’s always nice to see young people super excited about STEM”. Eleanor Denham – Dunn School of Pathology.

The programme launches again in January 2020 – find out more here. For more information, please contact Christopher Duff – STEM Projects Officer [email protected]

Caption: Head of Education, Andrew Kensley speaking to a student about her work on ‘creating a killing vector’ for the bacterium Clostridium at her placement at Green Biologics.

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