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Long Road students star at Wellcome Sanger Institute

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Eleven Long Road Sixth Form College students won places (from a total of 15) to attend a unique project day at the Sanger Institute, following the successful submission of a team application video. The event is part of this year’s STEM-based Cambridge Launchpad event, which is managed by Form the Future. Our students have already taken part in the Amazon Alexa Project:  and photos will soon be available of the TTP fat-grafting reconstruction surgical tools day.

In order to win their place at the Wellcome Sanger event, our students had to produce a short video to document how they would spend £20 million on malaria programmes across the world, as a fictional charity. These will be available to watch on the Wellcome Genome Campus website soon.

The project day was themed around three major research areas: malaria diagnosis, cancer bioinformatics and the ethics of genetic testing. In addition to meeting scientists focusing on these areas and undertaking a site tour, the students had the opportunity to get hands-on with activities that enhanced their learning and allowed them to place technical concepts in a real-world setting.

Four of our students formed the team of five students which most impressed with their teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills:

  • Carys Hughes
  • Krystian Misiorowski
  • Cat Adshead
  • Ahmad Garba

They will be attending a mystery prize trip which will take place in July. Our other amazing students were Cecily Marsh, Alex Byrom, Danielle Ricaforte, Madison Brown, Lydia Arnold, Bruno Kranz and Natasha Butt.

Mike Norman, at Sanger Institute, said “Cambridge LaunchPad is a fantastic programme which has given us the chance to show science isn’t just done by people wearing white coats in a lab. Highlighting not only the advancements in genomic research, but also the ethical considerations of the technology is so important.”

Anna Aldred, STEM Outreach and Cambridge LaunchPad Project Manager from Form the Future CIC, said “The Scholars today tackled some big topics: malaria treatment and diagnosis, cancer cell mutations and the ethics of genome sequencing. This experience has not only enriched these students as individuals, but has provided them with something to talk about when, in just a matter of months, these students will be able to talk about in their applications to higher education and jobs, to give them something unique to set themselves apart from other candidates.”

Paul Andrew, Biology Course Team Leader at Long Road says:

“The event at the Sanger Centre was a huge success. The eleven Long Road students thoroughly enjoyed the day, and I would love to bring another group next year. It was fabulous that so many scientists were on hand to work with the students and answer their questions. The three main activities were expertly delivered, and the interactive sections required the students to step outside of their comfort zones, which they dealt with incredibly well. I believe this event gave the students a real insight into working as a scientist, and is likely to influence their academic and career choices in the future. The input on careers from ARU was also very informative, whilst the tour of the site was a real eye-opener in so many ways. Please thank all of the staff who worked so hard to make this day the amazing success that it was.”

Photo: our winning team: Ahmad Garba, Carys Hughes, Krystian Misiorowski, a student from a different college and Cat Adshead.

To see more photos, visit: Wellcome Sanger Long Road Facebook album