On March the 19th a group of Y12 and Y13 students visited the CCMAR facilities and the Physics department at University of Algarve. In the morning, the students had the opportunity to learn about the use of red seaweed in the food industry, the preservation of the marine ecosystem and the protection of Ria Formosa’s sea-horses.
They also had the chance to be guided by researchers at the centre on the process of sampling and classifying marine species.
During the visit to the Physics Department, the students attended a lecture about Particle Physics and the Universe by Professor Robertus Potting, they visited the material physics laboratories and learned about the technological advances applied to precision agriculture.
Many of the students taking part in the visit have applied or are applying for science based undergraduate degrees and those with an interest in marine science have recently completed their PADI open water diving qualifications.
Jasmine Wragg, Year 12, and a longstanding member of the school´s Eco Warrior group hopes to be a Marine Biologist in the future and said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to go to CC Mar and confirmed for me that this is definitely the research area that I want to study and work in. What could be more important at the moment than understanding the preservation of our oceans?”
We look forward to welcoming some CCMar researchers into Nobel International School Algarve in the near future as part of on-going extra-curricular activities to reinforce our status as an Eco School.
Photo credit: Bart Eikelenboom, Year 13