University of Southampton hosts science open day for Year 12 students

University of Southampton hosts science open day for Year 12 students

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A LEVEL students from across Hampshire took part in a laboratory open day at the University of Southampton to further their knowledge about their own bodies and health.

More than sixty Year 12 students took part in experiments on stem cells, big genome data bases, molecular biology and nutrient analysis in the Institute of Developmental Sciences (IDS) as well as questioned University scientists on their research.

The event aimed to give students greater science insight into their health.

They discovered that the decisions they make about what they eat and drink, and the environment they live in, can impact on their health into old age, but also on the health of their future children.

It also aimed to inspire and encourage them to think about science as a potential career choice.

Dr Lucy Green, Associate Professor in Developmental Physiology, organised the event and said: “Meeting scientists and taking part in experiments encourages this young teenage audience to think about some important areas of science in the earliest stages of development.

"It gets them to re-assess the things that make them healthy. But it is also a great opportunity to start conversations, show them what potential career they could have and what science could mean to their life”.

She added: “For us as scientists, events like this, changes the way we think about our research and improves our ability to communicate. Young people are the future – what they think about what makes them healthy matters to them and their future children.”

During the open day the students also devised questions that will be put to a panel of experts at the University of Southampton’s ‘Fake Food!’ event on the November 21.

The Question Time-style event will explore the big food issues that matter from the very earliest points of development and across the life course.

The panel will include Nathan Atkinson, Headteacher and creator of Fuel for Schools, Dr Sarah Jarvis from BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show and the Dr Giles Yeo, an appetite scientist.