University of Dundee

Molecular Microbes at Bell Baxter School, Day 1

08 Nov 2011


Phase one of the Royal Society Teacher Partnership Grant funded project at Bell Baxter School entitled Molecular Microbes kicked off today (November 2011) with 180 S1 pupils participating in an interactive talk and a small experiment. Five members of the College of Life Sciences' Division of Molecular Microbiology were involved including Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall. The team from Molecular Microbiology  are returning to the school on Friday and we will be repeating the process with another 120 S1 students. 

To see pictures of the activities please click here...

Twenty of the keenest students will be invited to join a microbiology club as part of the longer project, during which time they will run experiments and present their finding to scientists at the University of Dundee’s College of Life Sciences.

The microbiology club will provide the opportunity for learners to perform their own investigations led by BBHS teachers & facilitated by S6 demonstrators, using actual microbes and microbiological techniques to answer a question of great relevance to today’s society, building on and extending previous work on sustainability and recycling. Learners will also visit their primary schools to lead sessions with P6/7 pupils based on their projects and share their newfound microbiological knowledge.

In January all 20 students will be invited to present the results to senior scientists, members of Dr Stanley – Wall’s laboratory, their teachers and parents at the College of Life Sciences. While at the College they will also be given a tour of the labs where much of the College’s Molecular Microbiology research takes place giving these keen young scientists an idea of what a future career in science might entail.