26 January 2017

On the 25th January, 18 Year 11 students from Longbenton High School were treated to a very special Science lesson. The lesson covered the discovery of X-rays, the diffraction of light by a grating, the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, radiography, and materials classification technology. However, what made the lesson really special, was that it was delivered in French by a visiting scientist, Dr. Tamzin Lafford, from IBEX Innovations Ltd. of Sedgefield NETPark, County Durham. IBEX is keen to encourage young people in scientific endeavours and Dr. Lafford is a strong advocate of the value of language skills in the increasingly global scientific workplace.

The students were engaged and interested, participating in a laser diffraction experiment and calculations, as well as some short language comprehension exercises.  Longbenton student Tara Smith said that “today's science/language event was a great way to learn about the different ways languages can help in jobs you might not at first associate with a language.”

If you would like to know more about IBEX Innovations, please visit www.ibexinnovations.co.uk

If you would like to know more about NETPark, please visit www.northeasttechnologypark.com 

If you would like to see the news article from IBEX, please visit http://www.ibexinnovations.co.uk/news.php 

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