UniStem Day 2016: Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine invited 24 school students to European stem cell day

Throughout Germany, over 1,000 school students were on the trails of stem cells

March 11, 2016

On March 11th, 2016, 24 biology-spirited school students of the Fritz-Winter-Gesamtschule in Ahlen visited the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine. The class schedule offered a special topic: stem cells. During lectures, in a stem cell quiz and by doing labwork them selves, the students learned about many aspects of current basic stem cell research, the potential medical applications, but also about jobs in stem cells research.

In lectures, the various stem cell types and their potential of stem cell research were explained

The objective of UniStem Day is to give teachers and school students a better understanding of the current state and the potential of stem cell research. Stem cell research is evolving very fast in these times, that new developments can hardly be covered in the current curriculum. UniStem Day would like to foster curiosity, look in more detail at questions and give facts.

In the lab, the school students could slip into a scientist's shoes

Over 1,000 school students from eight German cities visited institutes and universities on the trails of stem cells in research and medicine. The objective is a European idea: over 25,000 school students gathered information about the versatile cells in Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, Denmark und for the first time in Germany.

A stem cell quiz with fun and sweets deepened the acquainted knowledge

Initiator of the activities in Germany is the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN). Throughout Germany, apart from the Max Planck Institute in Münster, research institutions in Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Dresden, Hannover, Heidelberg and Jena were involved.

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