The Cradle of Baylabs

Baylab Wuppertal

The Baylabs success story began here in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1998. Today there are more than ten Baylabs on five out of seven continents.
Do red leaves contain green leaf dye? To answer this question, young researchers use chromatographic separation techniques. In other projects, they might isolate the blueprint of life - DNA - from cells.

Profile

Location:

Wuppertal

Country:

Germany

Founded:

1998

Participants:

approximately 2,700 students per year (3rd to 13th grade)

Thematic Focus:

The audience for these experiences is a broad age group. We can start at the children's laboratory. There, for example, young researchers can discover the world of natural sciences through simple experiments on topics such as heat and cold, or dyes. Older guests can perform chemical and molecular experiments that show separation methods used in chemistry, or how DNA can be detected and isolated from cells. There are offerings for school classes, as well as for children and teenagers during school holidays.

Background and History:

The success story of Baylab student labs began here at the pharma research and development center in Wuppertal. The aim was to encourage young people to participate in Bayer's research by letting them work independently in the laboratory.

Programs

School Projects

Baylab-kids@Junior Uni: Children's Lab Chemistry
Elementary Level, 3rd – 4th grade

Topic

Note: We have moved!

The Baylab Children's Lab Chemistry with its existing programme and referents is now taking place at the Junior Uni Wuppertal.

Young researchers get to know the chemistry behind everyday subjects at Baylab in Wuppertal. 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: 09.15 am – 12.45 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival to the Junior Uni Wuppertal
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Junior Uni Wuppertal
Am Brögel 31
42283 Wuppertal

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.

Student Lab Chemistry & Nature
Lower Secondary Level, 7th – 10th grade

Topic

When you break down everyday matters into their components, you come across some surprises. The same goes for the students in the various experiments on material separation. Supervised by scientific experts, they break down substances, such as spices, into their various components. They get to know both the different forms a mixture can have and the different separation processes. In addition, experiments are performed to measure enzyme activity. By experimenting with ordinary materials, science becomes understandable. The students experience up close what is important in scientific work and how science shapes everyday life.

Info

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

Address

Bayer Pharma Research and Development Center
Aprather Weg 18a
42113 Wuppertal

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.

Student Lab Molecular Biology
Upper Secondary Level, 11th – 13th grade

Topic

DNA – the Element of life. The genes determine our hair colour, body size and also the shape of our noses. But what do the genes look like? How do modern bioscientists work and which methods do they use to research DNA? Supported by scientific experts, the students experiment with the DNA of various organisms in modern laboratories. This includes DNA isolation from onions and bacteria, cutting DNA with restriction enzymes, detecting restriction fragments by gel electrophoresis and creating absorption spectra of DNA and proteins.
They prepare their own experimental samples and evaluate the results independently. To formulate new questions, to experiment independently and to analyse results – this is the basis for every scientific discovery.

Info

  • Time: 09.00 am – 03.30 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your own breakfast and lunch.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival to the Junior Uni Wuppertal
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Bayer Pharma Research and Development Center
Aprather Weg 18a
42113 Wuppertal

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.

Gene diagnostics using the example of the rare disease child dementia NCL
Upper Secondary Level, 11th – 13th grade

Topic

The students independently perform a classical diagnostic method with samples from a fictional NCL (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis) family. This is the so-called PCR with following gel electrophoresis. In addition to the high practical relevance, the students are also sensitized to the topic of child dementia and other rare diseases.

Partner of the event is the NCL Foundation, which takes over the introduction to the topic and developed the course.

Info

  • Time: 09.00 am – 04.00 pm; incl. breakfast break (Please bring your breakfast and lunch.)
  • Maximum number of participants: 30 students
  • Own arrival to the Junior Uni Wuppertal
  • Participation is free of charge

Address

Bayer Pharma Research and Development Center
Aprather Weg 18a
42113 Wuppertal

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

Baylab-kids@Junior Uni: Holiday Researchers
8 – 11 years

Note: We have moved!

This holiday project with its existing programme and referents is now taking place at the Junior Uni Wuppertal.

Topic

Promoting the joy to discover: Experiments in the area of everyday chemistry, biology and physics invite to research and to discover.

Info

  • Time: 4 days in Easter, summer and autumn holidays // 09.00 am – 01.00 pm
  • Number of participants: 14 children
  • Own arrival to the Junior Uni Wuppertal
  • Participation is free of charge
  • Please bring your own breakfast

Dates 2019

Easter holidays: 23. – 26.04.
Summer holidays: 15. – 18.07.
Autumn holidays: 21. – 24.10.

Address

Junior Uni Wuppertal
Am Brögel 31
42283 Wuppertal

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@fb03fb424ccc429fba59b27981654195bayer.com.

Teen Researcher Days
12 – 15 years

Topic

The Baylab in Wuppertal offers a special three-day experimental program for all young scientists between the ages of 12 and 15 during the Easter and autumn holidays: the participants learn chemical separation methods under professional guidance – they conduct a HPLC and extract orange oil by distillation. In addition, they get to know microbiological work, e.g. in alcoholic fermentation.

Info

  • Time: 3 days in Easter and autumn holidays // 09.00 am – 01.00 pm
  • Number of participants: 16 teens
  • Own arrival
  • Participation is free of charge
  • Please bring your own breakfast

Dates 2019

Easter holidays: 16. – 18.04.
Autumn holidays: 22. – 24.10.

Address

Bayer Pharma Research and Development Center
Aprather Weg 18a
42113 Wuppertal

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@b6a7ae685fa9472ea41e9689e0c891f7bayer.com.