Cefas masterclass welcomes students from across Waveney

A Masterclass event was held for local students at Cefas. Picture: Cefas

A Masterclass event was held for local students at Cefas. Picture: Cefas - Credit: Archant

Sixth form students have explored the world of marine science during a special visit.

Teenagers from both Lowestoft Sixth Form College and Sir John Leman College were given a tour of the facilities at Cefas yesterday (Friday).

The Lowestoft laboratory welcomed the students for a hands-on experience, as they showcased the world class marine science taking place at the site.

The programme of 'masterclass' science activities builds upon the success of last year's event and demonstrated the range of research carried out by Cefas scientists to give students a chance to see how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills could lead to a career in marine science.

The sixth formers had the chance to participate in practical activities, including using microscopes to identify species, a tour of the aquarium facilities, and a demonstration of how scientists use earbones of fish to age them. Those involved also had the chance to ask questions of the scientists and discuss pathways into STEM careers in the local area, with a particular interest shown in the roles available at Cefas.

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The masterclass, which was supported by Waveney District Council, is one of a number of events supported by Cefas to encourage engagement with students, including events for local schools and sixth forms.

Cefas experimental biologist Linford Mann said: 'The masterclass event welcomed local students to the Cefas Lowestoft laboratory for a demonstration of world class marine science being conducted in their town.

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'Young people who attended the event were keen to learn about work carried out at Cefas and the wider STEM career possibilities. Cefas hopes that the masterclass promotes enthusiasm for marine science and provides the young people of Lowestoft with a taste of local career opportunities available to them within the science industry.'

A Waveney District Council spokesman said: 'We are delighted to have supported this event which enabled local students to gain an insight into the wide variety of science-based careers available on their doorsteps.

'Joint working between schools, colleges and organisations such as Cefas is invaluable as it not only inspires students about future career choices but also offers employers an opportunity to showcase their sector for future recruitment.'

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