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4 October 2019

Selected Year 13 students have delivered their final presentations for the Imperial CREST Academy programme, in association with Imperial College London and the British Science Association.

Visiting a lecture theatre at Imperial College London last Wednesday, our students received a warm welcome from esteemed lecturers, Dr Johansson and Dr Foster, before talking about their two group projects.

Our first group, with the project title of Investigating the Efficiency of Solar Cells, demonstrated how they had built their own 'solar cells,' using crushed berries as the electrical conductor. Our second group, with the project title of The Synthesis of Copper Oxide Manostructures, then showed how they had used a scanning tunnelling microscope, at Imperial’s materials lab, to compare crystal structures.

Ms Adebanjo, from our Science Department, said: “Thank you to the Imperial CREST Academy. Our students greatly appreciated working with a world-leading scientist, as well as having the chance to plan and carry out a long-term research project. We also want to say a huge thank you to Mr Prist and Mr Roberts, our School’s science technicians, for supporting our students with their experiments throughout last year.”

The Imperial CREST Academy provides scientific mentoring and support to help students aged 16–18 successfully undertake and submit a project for a British Science Association CREST award. Dubbed the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award in Science’, CREST awards allow students to plan and carry out long-term science projects with guidance from professional scientists.

For our current Year 12, please note that applications for the next Imperial CREST Academy open next week! For more information, please contact Ms Adebanjo in our Science Department.

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