Here you can find all the materials we have developed for secondary school students and teachers, including classroom activities and experiments to try at home.
Our activities may be suitable for different age groups depending on student ability - you may also like to have a look at out our video pages. We'd love to hear how you and your students get on with our resources - please email pictures and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or link to our Twitter feed @BabrahamInst
Peer ReviewOriginally developed and delivered by (then) Babraham Institute PhD students Cassandra Hogan, Helen Craig and Hakim Yadi, this lesson will introduce students to the concept of the peer review process and how it can help to detect false claims and to establish a consensus about which claims should be regarded as valid.
Weapons of Microscopic DestructionThis lesson will introduce students to principles of the immune system. Firstly, an activity that shows how easily microorganisms can be transferred to each other through glitter gel handshakes, before an introduction into microorganisms and the defences our body has against them, supported by a discussion on the organs and cells of the immune system. Finally, a practical to understand how scientists can understand whether an infection has spread using Latex Agglutination
VDJ - Discovering the Immune SystemThis lesson will introduce students to how our adaptive immune system functions. Firstly by introducing the way B cells use VDJ genes to produce all of the antibodies that we’ll ever use, before describing why this is important and how this can change with age and disease. An activity that can be printed or run online will then demonstrate the process of making antibodies to help with learning.
Animals In Science - Challenge ProjectsThis lesson will introduce students to the use of animals in research, what must be considered in the care of research animals and how to address design challenges relating to animal care. The challenge projects can be run as classroom discussions, set as homework or used as longer-term team/individual challenge projects.
Animals in Science - Ethics Workshops - Model OrganismsThis lesson will introduce students to the use of animals in research, which models are used and how such research is regulated. It will give them a chance to justify their own opinions and to learn to respect those of other people.
Animals in Science - Ethics Workshops - LegislationThis lesson will introduce students to the use of animals in research and how such research is regulated. It will give them a chance to act as an ethics review body and assess grants for research using animals.
AutophagyThis lesson will introduce students to the principles of cell recycling, termed autophagy. This resource includes an introduction to the topic, and examples of how scientists are researching it to treat diseases and understand ageing.
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