On Friday 9th February the Lower Sixth Biology and Chemistry students were fortunate enough to experience the fun and interactive teaching of doctors and professors from both the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.
The day began with a talk entitled “A new type of intellectual disability: sugars, CRISPrs and drugs” delivered by Prof Daan van Aalten, whose engaging work and research prompted many intelligent questions from the pupils which impressed the university staff.
They then moved to the lab where each pupil was able to extract DNA from a kiwi fruit before becoming DNA detectives looking for a mutated gene. These enquiry skills will be useful for the pupils in the coming months when they start their Internal Assessment’s or are planning their Extended Essays.
The university staff were extremely complimentary about the attitude and enthusiasm that the MCM pupils demonstrated throughout the day. They also expressed how well prepared they have found IB students to be when they arrive at university, in terms of ability to learn and problem solve as well as having excellent academic knowledge and understanding. We all recognise how the IB program produces well rounded leaners and it was wonderful to have this confirmed by the academics from a TEF Gold award winning university department.
Head of Biology
Photos Amrit Fernando MH L6