Students use digital skills to promote the science behind Strepsils

Year 10 students at Ron Dearing University Technical College (UTC) examined the science behind a well-known throat lozenge brand before using their knowledge to design a website about the product.

RB, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, is one of the Founding Partners of the employer-led school and gave biology and digital technology students the chance to find out more about anatomy, microbes and sore throats during an interactive session delivered by its Strepsils team.

The 30 students found out how Strepsils work and how they differ to other non-medicated sore throat lozenges before learning about how issues such as the spread of infection.

They also had the opportunity to understand more about antibiotics and their responsible usage before applying their new-found knowledge to developing a prototype website, to educate the public about Strepsils, how they differ to other medicines and the product development process.

The project will culminate in a judging session over coming weeks.

Dan Howard, Assistant Principal for Employer Engagement at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “This project provides the students with an understanding of the different types of brands RB makes.

“It combines science and the biology behind Strepsils with digital technology. The challenge for the student is to understand the biology involved and then communicate it through digital technology.”

Dr Bruce Charlesworth, RB Vice President of Research and Development and Hull Site Lead, who is also a Ron Dearing UTC Governor, visited the school to launch the project.

He said: “UTCs are addressing STEM skills gaps identified by employers. They integrate technical, practical and academic learning and create an environment where students can thrive.

“Our partnership with Ron Dearing UTC provides a unique opportunity for us to shape the curriculum and engage young people in science, technology, engineering and maths.”