Medical research inspires students

The Year Four to Year Six Extension groups at Aranmore Catholic Primary School were fortunate to be offered an opportunity by the Hawaiian Group to visit to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research on Wednesday, 22 March 2017.

This was an exciting opportunity for the children. The children entered the education laboratory and spent 90 minutes with a research scientist who led them through a fascinating laboratory experience that highlighted cancer, using micropipettes and treatment tubes. The students were able to see firsthand how medical researchers work towards finding cures to cancer followed by an exploration of the visual and multimedia display of the institute’s discoveries.

The main objectives of the visit were for the students to:

  • Understand the purpose and importance of medical research
  • Have worked in a real research laboratory using the tools of a medical research scientist
  • Understand where in the body Perkins research occurs ie. in the cells and DNA