A taste of university

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in News | No Comments

A Level Biology students at saltash.net recently visited the unique Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre at Plymouth University.

The main aim of the trip, which took place on Friday 16th September, was to aid understanding of how the electron microscopes work and their uses within scientific research and medicine, which is a fundamental part of the A Level biology course.

The 17 students in attendance were given a talk on the range of specimen preparation techniques used, and got to see the process of ‘freeze-drying’ using liquid nitrogen – which was a highlight of the trip!

Students were shown both the TEM and SEM microscopes with a couple of students taking the chance to operate the SEM system. A tour of the university campus, which was very busy with the start of Freshers week, also gave students a taste of university life.

Head of Biology Miss Newberry was delighted with how the visit went.

She said: “The day was a great success, providing students with the opportunity to see just how diverse a career in microscopy can be, and for some, it inspired and reinforced their aspirations to go onto university and pursue a degree in this area.”