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CAST Challenge Project

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Since 2014, the Institute has been collaborating with Zeiss to deliver the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology (CAST) Microscopy Challenge project

CAST's Challenge projects provide a unique opportunity for students to develop:

  • a practical understanding of science
  • practical science skills
  • curriculum teaching
  • transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership and literacy
  • enhanced careers awareness

Alex Sossick (Head of Microscopy) and Nicola Lawrence (Imaging Associate) organise and lead a nine-week collaborative project called the 'Microscopy Challenge' in partnership with Zeiss.

Activities vary from year to year but have included building and designing microscopes, tours of the Zeiss factory, workshops at the Gurdon Institute,  learning about different types of microscopes, and discussing career options in microscopy.