An inspiring lecture on Nanotechnology

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture on Nanotechnology, delivered by Professor Jon Preece at the University of Birmingham. Undoubtedly, the lecture had only scratched the surface of nanotechnology, but for me, it had provided a lot of useful insights – such as how this technology is applied in microchips and what advances it could bring to us in the years ahead. Despite sitting afar from the lecturer, I could clearly hear the genuine excitement and passion in his voice, which made the talk highly captivating and inspiring. Overall, it was a great experience!

Minh Chau – 6.2  

Chemistry Olympiad

The International British Chemistry Olympiad Round 1 competition was an interesting experience, as we undertook questions that we have never seen before. It was particularly challenging as they introduced unknown concepts to us, and we were asked to use our knowledge from the Chemistry A-Level syllabus to infer the answers to these questions. It was stimulating to be exposed to the larger world of Chemistry outside of what we learn for our A-Levels, and the difficulty of the competition will definitely help in doing our exams in the near future and at higher education.

Wei En – 6.2

An Inspiring Research Lab Placement

Three Concord sixth form students have gained valuable insights into future cancer treatments, as part of an exciting research placement.

The students joined Professor Wang, Dr Kannappans and the research team at the University of Wolverhampton, who are currently investigating the treatment of aggressive, resistant cancers with high mortality rates, such as pancreatic cancer, brain tumours and lung cancer, with the aim of improving patient outcomes. Read the full story on the Concord College website.

“It was such a valuable opportunity to be able to witness a notable medical project first-hand, by the researchers at the University of Wolverhampton. Their ideas of using existing medications in the market but through different methods left me in awe. I did not realise there were such ways to help fight cancer.

Whilst there, we learnt the processes of culturing cells, testing different medicines and applying different doses, using an array of methods and high-end equipment. It was spectacular.

With regards to their research, it was an eye-opening experience to witness such a significant project being conducted. We were learning things way beyond our syllabus and we were able to expand our understanding through our existing knowledge – which enforced a good foundation for understanding the entire project.

The research team were welcoming and we appreciated their patience with our lesser knowledge. Dr Wang and co were kind mentors and taught us things step-by-step to aid our learning. They explained theories in extreme detail, and helped us grow and learn. This experience was new to us, without a doubt! It’s made us more intrigued by medical research and introduced us to university education too.

We are very grateful for their hospitality, both in our recent education and socially too. It was amazing to have the team share their personal experiences and medical backgrounds with us, and we have left with a deeper understanding of what we can expect in the near future, at university and beyond.”

Doraleen – 6.1

 

A tour of the new Science Block

Sixth form Marketing Prefects Michael Lang and Heidi Vuong were the first students to be shown around new Science Block at Concord in December during the final phase of its construction. Both were impressed with the scale and design of the new facility.

Said Michael: “The new science block is huge and I was just so shocked as the building is so much bigger than it actually looks from the outside. The facilities look pristine and the design of it is very minimalistic and beautiful.

“I am of course honoured to have been one of the first students to have been inside the science block and I really do hope that the rest of the school looks forward to it being opened in January,” he added.

Said Heidi: “I was very surprised and impressed at how big and modern the new science block is. When students talk of the new block, we talk about it very casually. We don’t realize how much effort and thought were put in into building the block: having the idea to build this, designing, the builders working hard, Mrs Carter having to block the roads for safety reasons , from the little things to the big things.

“I really appreciate it that Concord puts into so much effort to provide many of its students with the best learning experience. The fact that the school decided to build this makes me really appreciate how Concord works really hard to prioritize improving its students’ welfare and learning experience.”