Teens Learn of Sun Dangers; Students Research Skin Cancer

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Byline: LINDA RICHARDS

TEENAGERS have been learning about the dangers of skin cancer.

Nine chemistry students at Thomas Hepburn Community School in Gateshead worked with the University of Northumbria and the NHS to research the effectiveness of different sunscreens and sunglasses.

They put together a questionnaire and asked fellow student about their attitudes.

Now they will present their findings to different groups of students and adults both in school and in the community.

And later this month they will visit the university to do more research and laboratory work using equipment not available in school.

Pupil Layla Sargent, 14, thought the project was fun and informative.

She said: "I now know much more about skin cancer, including how it's treated, which will be good for me in the future."

Science teachers Andi Manns and Steve Carlton co-ordinated the project.

Mr Manns said: "Providing more opportunities for our students to engage in science in this way is an important part of learning in the new Key Stage 3 curriculum.

"It allows our students to become independent learners, as the skills they have developed in this project are directly transferable to other subject areas and other opportunities out of school. …