Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Refurbished lab inspires young scientists

A UNIVERSITY professor opened a newly refurbished science laboratory at St Mary’s School in Henley.

A UNIVERSITY professor opened a newly refurbished science laboratory at St Mary’s School in Henley.

Medical researcher and pharmacologist Gavin Brooks, one of the University of Reading’s three pro-vice-chancellors, visited the independent primary school in St Andrew’s Road to cut the ribbon.

The work on the lab was carried out during the Easter holidays. The school has installed a large island desk which is equipped with gas taps for Bunsen burners and has a workspace in the centre.

This will allow students to work together more closely and will enable teachers to demonstrate experiments to the whole class.

The school has also installed sinks around the outside of the laboratory.

Prof Brooks, who presented pupils with a poster illustrating different facts about biology, chemistry and physics, was shown a commemorative plaque that was put up outside to mark the occasion.

His visit was arranged by his wife Kathy, who is a learning assistant at St Mary’s. The couple live in Stoke Row Road, Peppard.

Prof Brooks said: “Getting young people excited about science is a great way of encouraging interest in the subject at secondary school and university.

“This new classroom offers a very clean environment and has equipment that children would only usually use at secondary level. It will help to raise a new generation of scientists, which is vital for the country’s economy.”

Headteacher Rob Harmer said: “I was delighted that Prof Brooks could come and open the lab. We’re proud to have it in the school and hope it will ignite our pupils’ minds.”

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