University of Dundee

Molecular Microbes at Bell Baxter School: Royal Society Teacher Partnership

10 Oct 2011

As part of a Royal Society Teacher Partnership Grant Dr Nicola Stanley Wall and Jane Parker are running a project entitled Molecular Microbes with students from S1 at the Bell Baxter School.

Dr. Stanley-Wall and postdoctoral researcher Victoria Marlowe will give an online presentation to 300 students from the Bell Baxter School that will include a hands-on experiment in which all the students will participate. To help with this other members of the Division of Molecular Microbiology including Dr. Katharina Trunk, Eleni Karinou and Jaleh Bahri will assist.

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 then present their finding to scientists at the University of Dundee’s College of Life Sciences.

The initial phase of the project is scheduled to kick-off shortly with the presentation scheduled to be delivered on the 7th and 11th of November 2011 followed by student participation in a microbiology experiment.

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 the Division of Molecular Microbiology, 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.