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Cora and Natasha take part in the Areté Learning Trust Biology Challenge

17 July 2020  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

Well done to Cora Aked and Natasha Nixon who took part in the Areté  Learning Trust Biology Challenge, along with students attending Stokesley School and Northallerton School. The challenge was inspired by the many and varied competitions that universities have for A-level students and came about when staff were thinking about how to provide opportunities to challenge and inspire students during lockdown.

The challenge was to research and present a scientific topic within the field of epidemiology, the branch of science which deals with the incidence, distribution and possible control of diseases. Natasha and Cora were commended for their work with Cora’s project investigating Occupational Epidemiology and Natasha’s considering Covid-19 and the general science, origin and relation to other Corona viruses.

Sandra Johnson, Leader of Transition, said: “The Biology Challenge has been another great opportunity for students to extend their independent learning and study skills, combining research and analysis to develop their knowledge and understanding of topical issues in Biology.”

The judges, Dr Andrew Mackenzie and Dr Mike Parrott, said, “We were very pleasantly surprised by both the variety of entries and their quality.  Brasenose College, Oxford kindly sponsored the competition and the awards were announced by Professor Owen Lewis, Professor of Biology at the University of Oxford.

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