Biological Sciences

Schools

Projects and events for Schools.

A Question of Taste is a full day hands-on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) workshop, run at the National Museum of Scotland.
A Question of Taste is a full day hands-on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) workshop, run at the National Museum of Scotland

Biotechnology Workshops

National Museums Scotland School's Programme - A Question of Taste Workshop

The School delivers an annual programme of practical and curriculum-relevant biotechnology workshops for secondary school pupils studying Higher and Advanced Higher Biology. 

A Question of Taste is a full day hands-on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) workshop, run at the National Museum of Scotland. Pupils discover and compare their version of a bitter taste receptor gene (their genotype) to their ability to taste the bitter compound (their phenotype). 

Using real laboratory equipment, pupils carry out the techniques of DNA extraction, PCR, restriction enzyme digestion and gel electrophoresis. The workshop incorporates time viewing relevant parts of the Museum science galleries. 

Workshops take place each October to December and must be booked directly with the Museum (from mid-August). 

Enquiries: janet.paterson@ed.ac.uk

Widening Participation

Widening participation website

School staff members regularly present workshops to secondary school pupils visiting the University each year as part of the University's widening participation programmes.

Bioinformatics Engagement and Resources

4273π website

The 4273π project develops and delivers bioinformatics education and training, emphasising schools and links to the Curriculum for Excellence curricula for Higher Biology and Human Biology. The project also provides materials, administers a free loan box scheme for Scottish state schools, visits schools to co-teach bioinformatics to senior pupils and provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for teachers.

Cell Biology Engagement

WCCB public engagement

The Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology is committed to engaging the public with research and is involved in a variety of public engagement activities including activities with schools and teachers.  

Stem Cells Engagement

Centre for Regenerative Medicine public engagement

The Centre for Regenerative Medicine is involved in a wide variety of public engagement activities with key audiences including teachers, patients, policymakers, journalists and other interested publics. A variety of resouces can be found on the EuroStemCell website.

EuroStemCell

EdinCell

EdinCell

EdinCell aims to improve the communication of Genetics and Cell Biology research to the public and media via web based resources and links to research projects, including profiles and interviews with scientists. The project has a special interest in developing new resources for schools.

Gene Jury

Gene Jury website

The Gene Jury website provides a suite of learning resources, activities and links to support learning in primary and secondary schools around the relevance and impact of genetics on society.