School project for secondary level I and II:

Controllable molecules – Trojans of medicine

What are trojans? How can molecules be controlled accurately? And why can some liquids flow upwards? The Baylab project "Controllable molecules – Trojans of medicine" helps answer these questions. Secondary school children (ages 14 to 17) are invited to take part.

  • Young researchers get to know the world of trojans.
  • Anticipation builds as the experiments are about to start.
Young researchers get to know the world of trojans.

What is taught?
The children are given an insight into the latest research techniques for the treatment of cancers. In various experiments, they learn how to produce fascinating systems using chemical substances. The project is interdisciplinary and combines methods and topics from biology, physics and chemistry. The experiments focus on chemistry.

The children learn how, in a conventional precipitation reaction, magnetic particles can be produced from iron salt solutions. They are taught why these have to be coated with surface-active substances to produce stable magnetic liquids. Furthermore, the children learn about the relationships and differences in size between atoms, molecules, cells and organs and are given an insight into modern microscopic procedures. The experiments teach them how to set up chemical apparatus.

Knowledge of simple atomic models and the atomic structure of substances and a basic knowledge of chemical reactions and magnetism 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 the first experiments on "controllable" molecules and the production of magnetite.

There will be a mid-morning break at around 11 a.m. Afterwards, model concepts and reaction methods will be discussed. This will be followed by experiments on microemulsions and the production of magnetic liquids. After reflecting on the experiments, the individual teams will present their research results.

The project will end at around 1.30 p.m. The children will then be given a tour of Baykomm's interactive exhibition – focusing on exhibits relating to pharmaceutical research.

Focus on teamwork
The Baylab can accommodate around 30 children. These will be split into several small teams that will each work independently. They will receive instructions for each experiment and can allocate their time as they see fit.

The teams will evaluate the experiments themselves before discussing and comparing their results with the other groups.

One team can document the project day with a camera.

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.