Atop scientist gave North Yorkshire students a masterclass on genetics to celebrate the opening of their college’s new £7m building.
Lord Robert Winston also took a tour of Middlesbrough College’s new sixth-form centre and sports academy.
The building of MC6 has been part of the biggest regeneration scheme outside London.
Lord Winston, who has presented a number of factual television series, including Superhuman, said: “It is immensely important to engage with young people as they consider their career options, which is why I’m delighted to be opening MC6 which will offer exceptional facilities for students.
“It’s great to see continued investment in education and the future of the country’s young people at this time.”
College principal Mike Hopkins said: “This is a historic day for the college, our students and for the town of Middlesbrough.
“By creating MC6 and its extraordinary facilities we have raised the bar for the young people of the Tees Valley by providing one of the best further education centres in the country.”