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.
About IRB Barcelona
Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).