The Diverse World of Enzymes

Baylab Leverkusen

In a very short walk from Bayer Group headquarters, you’ve arrived at the Baylab Leverkusen.
In Leverkusen, young researchers can learn how enzymes accelerate chemical reactions, or why they are ideal target molecules for drugs. In addition, they discover why photosynthesis is the basis of life. 

Profile

Location:

Leverkusen

Country:

Germany

Founded:

2010

Participants:

approximately 4,100 students per year (3rd to 13th grade)

Thematic Focus:

The youngest researchers at Baylab Leverkusen focus on where our food comes from and what it consists of. Next, they can find out how plants secure nutrition for the world and how photosynthesis works. Enzymes, the control proteins of all life forms, are the subjects of a Baylab project for the middle school. For example, older students can take part in projects that explore our DNA - the map of life that makes every human being unique.

Background and History:

The fourth Baylab in Germany is located in the communication center "Baykomm" in Leverkusen. It takes a few minutes to walk there from the company center.

Programs

School Projects

Sandwich Scientists – on the track of nutrients
3rd – 5th grade

Topic

Where does our food come from and what exactly is in the school sandwich? Whether carbohydrates or vitamins, the young researchers investigate all the nutrients.

Note: In this project the students will have contact with different food products. Teachers should identify allergies in their school class and report them to the Baylab staff in advance.

Info

  • Time: 09.00 am – 12.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Discover Science: Children's Lab Chemistry
3rd – 5th grade

Topic

Young researchers get to know the chemistry behind everyday subjects at Baylab in Levekusen. For instance, they investigate which colors can be found in a black felt-tip pen or experience in physical experiments how cold ice can get. In addition, they learn about the pH value, what is "alkaline" and what is "acidic". They filter, measure and weigh. All experiments are age-appropriate. Special previous knowledge, which goes beyond the age-appropriate school knowledge, is not necessary.

Info

  • Time: 09.00 am – 12.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

The Lotus Effect
Lower Secondary Level, 5th – 7th grade

Topic

In this project, the students learn about the Lotus Effect as an optimal example of Bionic. Practical work in the laboratory gives them an insight into the world of plants and at the same time teaches them basic chemical properties.

Info

  • Time: 09.15 am – 01.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Enzymes – Catalysts of Life
Lower Seccondary Level, 7th – 10th grade

Topic

Why do enzymes catalyze chemical reactions? Why are they perfect targets for drugs? And what is their role in cancer research? The Baylab project "Enzymes – Catalysts of Life" answers these and other questions.

The young people get an insight into the diverse world of enzymes. They split different substrates with enzymes and inhibit them specifically and non-specifically. They measure substance transformations, run biochemical reactions and set up a small biotechnological apparatus. They practice precise work, pipetting, recording and evaluating test results.
In various experiments, the students learn about the benefits of enzymes in modern biotechnology and medicine, including their use as drug targets.
The project is interdisciplinary and builds on the biology and chemistry curricula of the lower secondary level.

Basic knowledge in chemistry and biology as well as first knowledge in experimental work are desirable.

Info

  • Time: 09.15 am – 01.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Plant Light Lab
Lower & Upper Secondary Level, 9th – 13th grade

Topic

This project focuses on the plant as a light laboratory. How does photosynthesis work in detail and what do the different plant dyes have to achieve? Can we imitate light-dependent redox reactions in a lab?
Model experiments are used to investigate: the material cycle in photosynthesis and cell respiration; light as a catalyst for photosynthesis; energy conversion and storage in photosynthesis.
Furthermore, the plant dyes chlorophyll and ß-carotene are investigated by chromatography and absorption as well as in model experiments

Info

  • Time: 09.15 am – 03.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Controllable Molecules - Trojans in Medicine
Lower & Upper Secondary Level, 9th – 13th grade

Topic

What are Trojans? How can molecules be specifically controlled? And why can some liquids flow upwards? The Baylab project "Controllable Molecules - Trojans in Medicine" answers these questions.

The young people will gain an insight into current research approaches in the treatment of cancer. In various experiments, the students learn how to produce efficient systems with chemical substances.
The project is interdisciplinary and combines methods and topics from biology, physics and chemistry. The focus of the experiments is on chemistry.
The students learn how to produce magnetic particles from iron salt solutions in a classical precipitation reaction. They will find out why they have to be coated with surface-active substances in order to produce stable magnetic liquids. In addition, they get to know the relationships and size differences between atoms, molecules, cells and organs and gain an insight into modern microscopic processes. During the experiments, they learn how to set up chemical test apparatuses.

Info

  • Time: 09.15 am – 01.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Genetic Makeup and Health - Methods in Biotechnology
Upper Secondary Level, 12th – 13th grade

Topic

How can the own DNA be isolated from the mouth and be multiplied? How can genetic variations be identified? Does genetic engineering enable more targeted and effective drugs? In this project, the students focus on questions from the field of biotech.

Info

  • Time: 09.15 am – 03.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

Please contact us by email if you are interested in a project in English.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

Holiday Projects

Holiday Reseachers – Discover Science!
8 – 11 years

Topic

With experiments in biology and chemistry, the children become young researchers at Baylab Leverkusen. On 4 days each during the Easter, summer and autumn holidays they analyse colours, discover the special features of red cabbage juice, build their own lava lamp and much more.

Info

  • Time: 4 days in Easter, summer and autumn holidays // 09.00 am – 01.00 pm
  • Number of participants: 20 children
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge
  • Please bring your own breakfast

Dates 2019

Easter holidays: 15. – 18.04.
Summer holidays: 15. – 18.07.
Autumn holidays: 14. – 17.10.

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

We do not offer holiday projects in English at our German locations.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

If you have content-related questions please contact baylab@0a0dddff322b403b85e0a0db5d8fc4e6bayer.com.

Baylab Experience Week
12 – 15 years

Topic

The Baylab Experience Week has the motto "Discover what you are made of!". In addition to experimenting in the labs, the young people learn to find creative solutions to problems through "Design Thinking". On the last day there will be a creative workshop from Bayer Culture.

Info

  • Time: 5 days in summer and autumn holidays // 09.30 am – 04.30 pm
  • Number of participants: 20 teens
  • Own arrival
  • Please bring your own food for the breaks. // Lunch is provided
  • Participation is free of charge

Dates 2019

Summer holidays: 19. – 23.08.
Autumn holidays: 21. – 25.10.

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

We do not offer holiday projects in English at our German locations.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

If you have content-related questions please contact baylab@2b17f975798e4e919dda19c130aa1400bayer.com.

Teen Researcher Days
From age 16 and up

Topic

In addition to experimenting in the labs, students from age 16 and up are motivated to act independently using the "Design Thinking" method - how do I find creative solutions to problems, how do I develop new ideas? The last day is entirely dedicated to coding.

Info

  • Time: 5 days in summer holidays // 9.30 am – 04.30 pm
  • Number of participants: 20 teens
  • Own arrival
  • Please bring your own food for the breaks. // Lunch is provided
  • Participation is free of charge

Date 2019

Summer holidays: 19. – 23.08.

Address

Baykomm
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Allee 1b
51373 Leverkusen

Registration

We do not offer holiday projects in English at our German locations.
For projects in German please visit our German website for more info.

If you have content-related questions please contact baylab@fe99c5d7603e4cb8bc08c8a89da8ec71bayer.com.