School project for secondary level I:

Enzymes – Catalysts of life

Why do enzymes accelerate chemical reactions? What makes them ideal target molecules for medicines? What role do they play in cancer research? The Baylab project "Enzymes - Catalysts of life" answers these questions and many more. Secondary school children (ages 12-15) are invited to take part.

  • Project experiments at a glance.
  • Is the solution blue enough? Project supervisor Dr. Annemarie Simons checks the concentration of inhibitor.
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Project experiments at a glance.

What is taught?
The children are given an insight into the fascinating and diverse world of enzymes. They learn about their uses in modern biotechnology and medicine through various experiments. The project is interdisciplinary and ties in with the biology and chemistry school curricula of "secondary I".

Children learn about enzymes as sites where medicines act. They separate various substrates using enzymes and practice specific and non-specific inhibition. The children measure material conversions, induce biochemical reactions and build a small biotechnological device. In doing so, they practice working accurately, using a pipette and documenting and evaluating the results of experiments.

Basic knowledge of chemistry and biology and some experience of conducting experiments are desirable.

What does a day at Baylab look like?
The day at the Baylab begins at 9.15 a.m. Following a short welcome, the children will be given a safety briefing. Lab coats and protective glasses will be provided by Bayer. The expert will start by explaining the goals of the project. The children will then conduct their first biochemical experiments using enzymes. These will be followed by experiments to demonstrate the biotechnological applications of enzymes.

There will be a mid-morning break at around 11 a.m. Afterwards, the children will learn how inhibitors affect enzymes and how this effect can be harnessed for pharmaceutical purposes. After evaluating and discussing their results, the children will visit Baykomm's interactive exhibition – again with a focus on cutting-edge medical research. The day at Baykomm will end at around 1.30 p.m.

Focus on teamwork
The day at the Baylab begins at 9.15 a.m. Following a short welcome, the children will be given a safety briefing. Lab coats and protective glasses will be provided by Bayer. The expert will start by explaining the goals of the project. The children will then conduct their first biochemical experiments using enzymes. These will be followed by experiments to demonstrate the biotechnological applications of enzymes.

Interested?
You can register by telephone at +49 (0)214 / 30-65796.

Appointments for Baylab for February until July 2016 are fully booked. Appointments for Baylab for August 2016 until January 2017 will be available by phone from Monday, 6th of June 2016; from 8 a.m.