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Stan-X attends international fly conference

Haileybury’s Stan-X pupils from the Lower Sixth recently embarked on an enriching academic journey to the annual East Coast pupil international fly conference. Hosted by Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, this prestigious event provided a platform for our pupils to engage with the cutting-edge Stan-X programme and collaborate with peers from around the world.

The conference kicked off with a warm welcome from Professor Seung Kim of Stanford University, a key partner in the Stan-X programme. Our pupils eagerly participated in a range of activities, including advanced lessons, academic poster planning and creation, and genetic challenge tasks. Haileyburians also attended insightful lectures on the Stan-X programme, geared towards their understanding of this pioneering study of genetics.

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Beyond the academic sessions, the trip offered our pupils a unique opportunity to tour Princeton University and its renowned fruit fly laboratory, part of the Neuroscience Department. This first-hand experience provided invaluable insights into cutting-edge research facilities and the world of scientific exploration. After two intense academic days, our pupils had the chance to enjoy an in-weekend as part of Stephens Boarding House in Lawrenceville, immersing themselves in the vibrant campus life.

To cap off their extraordinary journey, the pupils ventured into the heart of New York City. Highlights included marvelling at the iconic skyline from The Summit at One Vanderbilt, visiting the Statue of Liberty, and reflecting on the global impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the memorial and museum.

Throughout this remarkable experience, our Haileybury pupils served as exemplary ambassadors for the school, demonstrating exceptional maturity and a thirst for knowledge. Their participation in the international fly conference not only enriched their academic pursuits but also fostered a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity and global perspectives.