The Perse School

Students cross the Pond to see East Coast advances

19 Apr 2016

This Easter, Perse sixth formers crossed the Atlantic for a programme of science-themed visits to Boston.

Students visited the Koch and Whitehead research institutes where they listened to researchers, and were welcomed by pharmaceutical companies Merrimack and Abcam who discussed their developments.

At Medical SIMLAB they experienced hands-on training with dummies and the chance to practice intubation and laparoscopic techniques.

The group enjoyed talks and tours from various people associated with science at Harvard and MIT, including looking for life on Mars, high-speed photography, using electronics to make a small robot, and a visit to the MIT media lab – a place dedicated to developing  ‘blue-sky’ technology.

Head of Science Jeremy Burrows explained: “The purpose of this trip was to foster enthusiasm for continuing with science study by broadening awareness of the cutting-edge science going on in the USA, and seeing working environments in which scientists collaborate. The underlying themes were of philanthropy towards sciences and arts and passing on enthusiasm and opportunity to the next generation.”

There was time for some culture too, with visits to Harvard’s Museum of Natural History (including seeing behind-the-scenes specimens) and the Museum of Fine Arts, and walking the freedom trail. Some of the group attended a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert, with Bernard Haitink conducting Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Murray Perahia playing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concert. They enjoyed some sport too, watching the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins in action in basketball and ice hockey matches.

Our students and teachers were hosted by Milton Academy – a leading independent school just to the south of Boston. Perse students were delighted to spend a day in high school with their hosts, while the teachers had a chance to meet and share ideas.

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