In March 2019 the Babraham Institute celebrated 25 years of Schools' Day – an annual event where the Institute’s researchers guide secondary and sixth-form students through hands-on lab projects. The day gives students an opportunity to explore the world-leading bioscience taking place at the Institute. Often using equipment not available within schools, Schools’ Day aims to enthuse, inspire and motivate students and provide a taste of what life is really like in the lab.
Welcoming 180 students and teachers from the region and from schools as far afield as Cardiff and Jersey, this year’s Schools’ Day celebrates curiosity, discovery and connection between the worlds of education and research. Students undertook projects that: pinpoint the location of a gene in a cell nucleus using a fluorescent tag; investigate immune cells’ biological weaponry against infectious attackers such as bacteria and viruses; look at their own cells to learn more about how cells communicate; visualise the intriguing process of cell cannibalism; reveal the hidden nanoworld with the latest imaging techniques. Over the years, Schools’ Day has reached nearly 3,000 students – most from the local area, although the event has been attended by students from as far away as Finland!
The day’s programme and projects have developed to meet the changing curriculum and also to support teacher development. Since 2017, the teachers accompanying the students have undertaken their own lab projects.
You can discover more about Schools' Day in our Engagement Blog