Life Lab

On Thursday 28 February a number of Year 8 students visited LifeLab, a unique, state-of-the-art teaching laboratory dedicated to improving adolescent health by giving school students opportunities to learn first-hand the science behind the health messages.

Upon arrival, students discussed the various factors that could affect our health. Students then partook in a circus of Physiology based practicals to generate a snapshot of their health.

After a quick break we met three scientists who told us all about their work into epigenetics, biological engineering and coastal conservation. This was followed by extracting our own DNA and running a gel electrophoresis to separate out the different strand lengths.

After lunch we discussed how genes and lifestyle choices could affect our health and students made a health pledge. The students spoke highly of being able to meet real life scientists and of how much they enjoyed the practicals.