New Scientist in Residence at Irchester

My name is Alice Draper, and I’m very excited to be starting as the new Scientist for Lab_13 Irchester!

I’ve loved science before I even knew what “science” was- I remember being in Year 2 or 3 at school, and wondering why I found the ‘Human Body’ topic that term so much more interesting than ‘The Victorians’ the term before…

Since then I’ve been lucky enough to have great teachers and opportunities to learn as much as possible. I graduated from Cambridge University in 2010 with a degree in Natural Sciences. I didn’t want to specialise in just one area, so over my degree I studied physics, chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology and experimental psychology. More importantly, it was at university that I started working with several science outreach organisations. I really developed a passion for showing children (and adults!) just how engaging and exciting science can be, especially practical investigations. I still go on tour each summer with CHaOS (Cambridge Hands On Science) picking up and developing new ideas, such as the ear-switching hat!

Modelling the ear-switching hat I’ve been using to confuse pupils.

Modelling the ear-switching hat I’ve already been using to confuse pupils.

Since graduating I’ve been working as a science technician, in both secondary and primary schools. This is a great way to see behind the scenes of science teaching, and to get even more ideas about what practical work we can do in schools.

Now I’m ready and keen to see what I can do with the pupils of Irchester in our own lab. It’s been a fantastic first couple of weeks with a really warm welcome; I can’t wait to see what questions and ideas they will come up with, that we can investigate together!

About lab13network

Lab_13 is a space in a school managed by pupils for pupils to conduct their own research and experiments driven by their curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm, and under the watchful supervision of a Scientist in Residence (not a teacher!!).
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