Liverpool’s future innovators visit iiCON

iiCON led by LSTM were pleased to be joined by Liverpool sixth-form school students as part of the KQ Liverpool Future Innovators Programme.

The programme encourages young people to learn about the innovation, science, and technology career opportunities available to create tangible aspirations. The programme works with secondary school pupils and their career leads, physically bringing them into previously unopened areas within KQ Liverpool to demonstrate what’s on offer right on their doorstep.

The group of Sixth Form students from Cardinal Heenan High School took part in a tour of several facilities and were able to experience first-hand the incredible variety of innovation that takes place in Liverpool’s innovation district.

The day-long tour included a visit to iiCON where students participated in swabbing their environment and various objects including a phone screen, bike seat, sports hall floor, tumble dryer, and even the inside of a walking shoe, as part of the award winning Swab and Send project.

The bacterial isolates were then grown for two days at room temperature. The students were then taken through the agar screening process to determine antimicrobial activity. Interesting results from inside a walking shoe even sparked debate amongst the AMR community. The results will be shared with the students that took part via their school and via the project webpage