Students ‘meet the scientists’ at Dunn School

As part of our STEM Experience Week in March, students from three Oxfordshire secondary schools visited research-based organisations and STEM businesses across the region to explore what a STEM-based career involves.

One of their ‘experiences’ was to visit the University of Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology to meet the resident scientists and learn about stem cell research.

The students, from Matthew Arnold School, Icknield Community College and Wood Green School, took part in games and hands-on activities to expand their understanding of stem cells and chatted to Dunn School scientists about their options for pursuing a career in medical research.

The visit was hosted by the Dunn School’s Professor of Virology, William James with EVOS microscopes kindly provided by ThermoFisher. You can watch a film about the STEM Experience Week visit here.

Rebecca Philp, STEM Projects Officer said, “It was fantastic opportunity to witness the ground-breaking research in stem cells first-hand ” and Karen Bell, STEM Projects Manager said, “We were absolutely delighted to visit the Dunn School this year for STEM Experience Week. Renowned for the development of penicillin, the School’s commitment to investment in cutting edge medical research enables scientists to continue making important discoveries and possible therapeutics of the future, so it was a fascinating insight for our school students.

Student Leah added – “I loved the observation of heart cells created from induced pluripotent stem cells which were created from the skin of patients. All of the sessions though were very informative and interesting.”

Find out more about our STEM ‘World of Work’ experience programme here.

Film +image by : VOX – Voices from Oxford