30th January 15
Pupils from the Reigate-based co-educational school welcomed sixth formers from St. Bede’s School and Year 11 pupils from Caterham School.
The aim of the event, chaired by Professor Charles Pasternak, the President of the OIBC, was to engage pupils with different aspects of science relating to the human brain.
Dr Tom Hawkins (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London) delivered a talk to his rapt audience entitled ‘An introduction to the human brain’. He was followed by Professor Christopher Kennard (Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford), who spoke to the aspiring scientists about ‘The Visual Brain’.
The pupils then took part in lively break-out discussions after which representatives from each group grilled the speakers in question and answer sessions.
Mrs Pope, Head of Science, commented: “The students really enjoyed the sessions and came up with some fantastic questions to feed back.
“They also enjoyed socialising with pupils from other schools,” she added. “United Learning’s Pupil Experience Department facilitated the event, and it was great to see that Dunottar students benefit not just from smaller class sizes, but also—as part of a larger group—from a wider range of experiences.”