Pupils travel to Japan’s earthquake-hit zone

Three students from Merchants’ academy in Bristol have travelled to Japan as part of an initiative to get pupils inspired by science.

  • The UK-Japan Young Scientist Workshop programme aims to encourage students from across the globe to work together on a range of projects, with themes that include engineering and medicine.
  • Sixth-formers Emily Roberts, Aaron Leonard and Lennox Allen (pictured) took part in the programme at Tohoku university in Sendai, which was at the centre of the area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
  • Dr Eric Albone, director of the Clifton Scientific Trust, the organisers of the programme, said: “By working in teams with other British and Japanese students in a programme organised by Japanese scientists and engineers, we saw the Merchants’ students grow in confidence as creative scientists and global citizens.”
  • Emily, Aaron and Lennox are among the first students at Merchants’ to study physics as part of an expansion of AS and A-level courses in the school’s sixth form. All three have been at the academy in south Bristol since they were 11.

“The university was affected by the earthquake, so it was interesting to find out more about how they coped with it and what they have done to remedy it,” Aaron says.

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