In the 21st century a great deal of scientific research takes place at the interface between the traditional scientific disciplines: Biochemistry, Environmental sciences, Material sciences, Bioinformatics are such examples. Scientists at King’s are given the opportunity to be involved in current scientific research projects. Working in collaboration with Universities, research projects are developed that enable students, who might be considering a scientific discipline at University, to engage with genuine investigative science.
Recent projects undertaken include:
- Monitoring changes in chemical species in a fresh water lake system with Dr. Martin Johnson (UEA dept of Environmental Sciences).
- Investigating the Genome of the Trinidadian chevron spider with Drs. Lee Byrne and Kris Leslie (CCCU dept of Biological sciences).
Students who sign up for these projects will encounter the real ups and downs of scientific research: ambiguous results, failed experiments and other such frustrations provide a realistic insight into what it is to be a research scientist. Students from King’s applying for a science at university do so with their eyes opened!
The prestigious Michael Foale Award, named after the former pupil and astronaut, is made to an outstanding Sixth Form scientist.
Heads of Science: Miss Louise Comber (Curriculum) and Mr David Scott (Research & Development)