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Biotechnology Workshops for Secondary School Pupils

For many years, we have delivered biotechnology workshops for secondary school pupils studying Higher and Advanced Higher Biology, both in schools and in other venues. Currently, we do this as part of the 'Hands-on DNA' project, for which SIBE was selected for in 2011 in partnership with the National Museum of Scotland.

The project aims to enable school pupils across the UK to use cutting edge equipment and the latest molecular techniques to explore evolution and their own DNA. The workshops were developed via a collaboration between the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and three partner centres, At-Bristol, Nowgen in Manchester and the Centre for Life in Newcastle, with support from the Wellcome Trust.
As a project partner, SIBE continue to deliver an annual programme of 'A Question of Taste' PCR (polymerase chain reaction) workshops at the National Museum of Scotland, for visiting Higher and Advanced Higher Biology students. These are advertised via the the National Museum schools programme, and can be booked via the Museum.
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