8 October 2021
She was impressed by the both the extent and quality of experiences our pupils receive. Representatives from Kings College London [KCL] (Dr Linda Cremonesi and Alex Williams) and Queen Mary University London [QMUL] (Dr Sophia Burke) were also in attendance – and the imaging department of the Natural History Museum joined us via video link: LEH has significant student research partnerships with these and many other organisations and institutions. Munira’s itinerary started with talking to students about their preparations for the Maths Olympiad for Girls. She then moved to the DT Workshop to see the environmental sensors that have been built as part of our partnership project with the Royal Society and KCL. In the grounds she inspected the site prepared for installation of our sensor array. Back in the lab, Munira received presentations that outlined our Window to the Stars project (with Surrey University); original projects such as Composting, Dementia Support, and Whipworm Genomics; Muon detection (with QMUL); Vertigo2 accelerometers (with the Institute for Research in Schools); Cubes in Space (in association with NASA) and many others. She also received a special presentation from Abi (U5), who became the youngest person to ever operate the Natural History Museum’s prized Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) remotely. We are set to welcome a smaller SEM to LEH after half-term, and are very excited to be preparing for that tremendous research opportunity. It was a pleasure having Munira as our guest. She was very responsive to the immense talent, enthusiasm, and dedication of our wonderful STEM students and, hopefully, will return soon.