Workshops for primary school children, 45 minutes divided into two parts – microbiological and biotechnological.

1. Microorganisms

Bacteria can be safe for us or they can cause serious illnesses. The safe ones are constantly present in our bodies, e.g. digestive system or on the skin. The other are dangerous for us as they can induce horrible infections, ones that frequently require antibiotic treatment. What these two types of bacteria look like? How to get rid of them and how to protect yourself from them? These workshops will give you the possibility to see the pathogens surrounding you as well as learn more about alternatives for antibiotics, the so-called “useful viruses” that attack and destroy bacteria.

 2. DNA

Information about how a computer works is stored on its hard discs. Where can you find information about how live organisms work? What does this information look like? Can you see it with your own eyes? Workshops that bring children closer to biological issues.

During activities children can isolate DNA themselves, and they get to know how biological information is coded and stored. 

Joanna Majewska

 Joanna Majewska graduated from the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the University of Wrocław with a master’s degree in microbiology; currently a PhD student at the Bacteriophage Laboratory of the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy in Wrocław. Her main interests concentrate on biofilms, which are bacterial communities, and bacteriophages – with a focus on phage interactions with mammalian gastrointestinal tract. At work she creates mutants of T4 bacteriophage – but don’t worry, they are not dangerous. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karolina Wojtyna

Karolina Wojtyna master of microbiology, currently PhD student in the Phage Laboratory at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy PAS. Her main interests are microbes; both friendly living in human body as well as drug resistant pathogens and methods for combating them. Karolina conducts workshops and lectures, sharing her knowledge during Lower Silesian Science Festival, Night of Biologists, Forum of Young Biotechnologists. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Zuzanna Kazmierczak

Zuzanna Kaźmierczak biology graduate, specializing in genetics and experimental biology. Currently she is a PhD student at the Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy PAS in Wrocław.  Zuzanna researches “useful viruses” that infect only bacterial cells-bacteriophages. She devotes her free time to sharing her passion of science with children by doing experiments together with them. The author of workshops for children carried out at e.g. The First Science Congress for Children in Wrocław, The Biology Night, the Lower Silesian Science Festival.