Hands-on Workshops

“A great day with an excellent tutor – I would definitely like to do something like this again”

Luke, age 15, Drug Discovery Workshop participant.

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Engaging, educational, and entertaining, our innovative workshops aim to inspire the scientist in students. Be it increasing awareness of scientific careers, preparing students to make informed, thoughtful life choices or simply reinforcing classroom learning, we give students the opportunity to work together to learn through ‘doing’.

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BIOETHICS – FROM GENES TO THERAPIES

pixabay_dnaFacts for Life act as facilitators for six bioethics modules (DNA Databases, Genetic Testing, Designer Babies, Saviour Siblings, Gene Therapy and Three-parent Babies), which can be run as independent sessions or consecutively as a full-day workshop. We provide the context for students to understand the relevance and role of bioscience in our in society as students consider and discuss the ethics of genetic research and the impact it has on our lives. The workshop uses current headlines and case studies coupled with hands-on activities to explain, investigate and debate modern genetic concepts and evaluate the associated costs and benefits. Students are encouraged to express their opinions, share personal stories and respectfully consider the attitudes and opinions of others in a supportive and encouraging environment.

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DRUG DISCOVERY WORKSHOP for Secondary Schools

Pixabay_tabletsWhere does a medicine come from?  This interactive workshop is ideal for students with an aptitude for science and who may consider a career in the pharmaceutical industry. With a mixture of presentations and hands-on activities we introduce students to the route from molecule to medicine – from discovery, through development, to clinical trials. Students form their own pharmaceutical company and take on roles such as CEO, Director of Research and Marketing Manager. They select a therapeutic disease area to focus on, and respond to ‘breaking data’ to identify the protein that they wish to target with a new medicine. They ‘screen’ compounds to identify potential drugs and ultimately take a compound through the drug development pipeline and into clinical trials. The workshop culminates in a presentation by the students, where they introduce their company and their new medicine, and describe their route from discovery to market.

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DRUG DISCOVERY WORKSHOP for Primary Schools

pixabay_tabletWhat is a medicine?  Where do medicines come from? With a mixture of presentations, fascinating facts and hands-on activities we take students step-by step through the route from molecule to medicine. Students work in teams to form their own pharmaceutical company. They research and select a disease to cure, then become bioscientists to ‘screen’ compounds to identify potential drugs. They take on roles of toxicologists to eliminate those compounds that may have serious side effects, and ultimately use pre-clinical data to choose a single compound to trial in patients. The workshop culminates in a creative session, where the students assemble a storyboard to introduce their company and their new medicine, and describe their route from discovery to market.

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LET’S BAKE A CELL!

Animal CellKnowing the component parts of cells and understanding how they work in synergy is fundamental to biological science, and key to appreciating the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This hands-on workshop lets students assemble their own pizzas, adding toppings to represent the organelles of an animal cell as we discuss the appearance and role of each one in turn.  While the pizzas are baking, learning is further reinforced when the students label a photograph of their pizza. This workshop includes lunch!

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