Race Against the Ageing Clock

Originally created for the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in 2018, the Race Against the Ageing Clock has activities which are suitable for a range of audiences.

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 pe@babraham.ac.uk or link to our Twitter feed @BabrahamInst

Discovering Epigenetics - Ageing in C. Elegans

C Elegans video still
This lesson will introduce students to the idea of using Caenorhabditis Elegans nematode worms to understand aspects of human biology (ageing) by comparing the appearance and behaviour of young and old worms raised under different conditions.
Downloads:
Lesson plan (Word)
Presentation (PowerPoint)
Fact sheet (Word)
Activity sheet (pdf)
Online worm video (YouTube)

Race Against the Ageing Clock

Ageing clock logo
This lesson will introduce students to epigenetics, the difference between biological and chronological age, the role of epigenetics in ageing and how different factors can influence the 'speed of ageing'.
Downloads:
Lesson plan (Word)
Presentation (PowerPoint)
Fact sheet (Word)
Mouse cards (pdf)
Video (for blue card)
Video (for orange card)
Video (for purple card)

Reprogramming adult stem cells

This lesson will introduce students to stem cells and how adult cells can be reprogrammed to create induced pluripotent stem cells.
Downloads:
Lesson plan (Word)
Quiz sheet (pdf)
Answers (Word)

Can you rewind your Ageing Clock?

Can you match the epigenetic marks on your DNA with those on a 'younger' strand and lower your epigenetic age? Play our online game to try your hand at methylation and demethylation and discover the science behind the Ageing Clock.
Downloads:
Online game

If you have any comments or suggestions on content or layout please email us at pe@babraham.ac.uk