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The Barcelona Science Park opens its doors to primary school students

11 maig 07

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The goal of this activity, entitled “How does the scientific method work? Let’s do biomedical research!”, is to stimulate the creativity and thinking in students between the ages of 10 and 12, and to contribute to their educational activities. The project is part of the PCB’s “Science and Society” outreach programme, which aims to help improve the scientific culture of society in general, to promote research, and foster vocations in this field.

During the activity – which lasts from 10 to 12.30 in the mornings – students attend a theatre workshop in which two crazy scientists complete experiments using the scientific method, while explaining the function of cells, DNA and genes. Afterwards, the students take a guided tour of the PCB facilities, led by young scientist, Elisabeth Castellanos, from the Cell Division Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. The visit gives students the opportunity to see what happens inside research laboratories, and to meet real scientists and ask them any question that comes to mind.

Once the visit is over, students return to their classrooms to discuss what they learned with their teachers. They also make drawings about their experience, which are posted on the PCB website.

Through their “Science in Society” programme, the Barcelona Science Park develops outreach projects which aim to communicate “real science”, bringing the public and the teaching community closer to research that is currently being done in centres worldwide, with a special focus on research groups working in the institutes closest to them, both within the PCB and outside. The initiative allows scientists to interact directly with society through teaching and other interactive activities.

Sobre l’IRB Barcelona

Creat el 2005 per la Generalitat de Catalunya i la Universitat de Barcelona, l'IRB Barcelona és Centre d'Excel·lència Severo Ochoa des de 2011. L’objectiu de l’IRB Barcelona és fer recerca d'excel·lència en biomedicina i millorar la qualitat de vida de les persones i, en paral·lel, potenciar la formació de talent, la transferència tecnològica i la comunicació social de la ciència. Els 27 laboratoris i vuit plataformes tecnològiques treballen per respondre a preguntes bàsiques en biologia i orientades a malalties com ara el càncer, la metàstasi, l’Alzheimer, la diabetis i malalties rares. És un centre internacional que acull al voltants de 400 treballadors de més de 30 nacionalitats. Està ubicat en el Parc Científic de Barcelona. L’IRB Barcelona és un centre CERCA i és membre del Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).