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Morecambe Pupils Get the Science Bug

04/27/2004 09:23:19

Pupils in Lancashire are set to discover how the humble fruit fly plays a key role in genetic research.

Lancaster University, working in conjunction with Morecambe High School, has been awarded a Royal Society Partnership Grant of £2,159.

The money will be used to fund a project which will give around 120 year nine pupils a chance to meet university scientists and take part in their own genetics experiment in the run up to their GCSE studies this May.

During the project, pupils will learn how experiments on fruit fly DNA are helping to build a clearer picture of disease processes - particularly cancer. They will also design and prepare their own genetic experiments as well as interpreting the results with the help of university staff and school teachers.

Philippe Jumeau, head of the Science Faculty at Morecambe High School, said: "This is a good opportunity for students to get involved with an interesting, unusual project after their SATS and before their GCSEs which will keep them motivated."

He said he hoped the project would involve other subject areas in the school and would culminate in a multi-media display in the school.

Dr Christine Taylor of Biological Sciences at Lancaster University said the project aims to inspire young people to take a longer-term interest in science. The project will give students an opportunity to talk to research scientists hence forging a permanent link between students, teachers and researchers.

Lord May, President of the Royal Society, congratulated the school on securing the grant. He said: “This is an exciting project that will give students a chance to work alongside a professional scientist. I hope this experience will inspire more school children to pursue a career in Science and Engineering.”