Programming & Booking

Our state-of-the-art lab can host students for half-day experiences in biomedical science. Students have an opportunity to experience the science of health and disease through engaging and authentic hands-on activities. Using basic molecular and cellular biology, DNA work, cell culture, dissections and microscopy, youth will see how their classroom learning connects to current research.

In-lab activities are available for students Grade 8-12, with a capacity of 20 students, from partner school divisions. We also offer online interactive sessions through Zoom, Teams, or Meet for students Grade 5-12 to bring our lessons to your classroom! The length of our programs is flexible to fit your class schedule.

Vaccination is NOT mandatory for visits to the Youth BIOlab at this time.

The Youth BIOlab reserves limited spaces for independent schools and others outside of the divisional system, please contact Steve Jones at sjones@sbrc.ca for more information.

We hope you find a program that fits the interests of your classroom, representative examples of curriculum connections and typical BIOlab programming are below. Full activity descriptions will be available shortly. We are always interested in developing new approaches and student experiences with teachers.

Programming Options

In-lab Activities

These activities include an intro to basic medical science and the work of the Albrechtsen Research Centre and a hands-on lab activity in the Youth BIOlab. (Typically 2 hours in length, currently limited to 20 students.)

Grade 8 Cells and Systems: Cells and tissues in research, working with live cells activity

Grade 8 Cells and Systems:  Cells and tissues in heart disease research, heart dissection

Grade 8 Optics: Diabetes and eye dissection

Grade 8 Optics: Using microscopes in research

Grade 9 Reproduction: Mitosis and live cell culture techniques

Grade 11 Biology: Heart disease, heart dissection and using live cells in research

Grade 11 Biology: Aortic valve isolation ad stem cell tissue regeneration

Grade 11 Biology: Alzheimer’s and brain dissection with hippocampus isolation

Grade 12 Biology: DNA isolation from bacteria, restriction digest and gel electrophoresis

Grade 12 Biology: COVID-19 PCR testing and gel electrophoresis

Online Activities

These occur using Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or Zoom. Typically 90mins.

Grade 5 Maintaining a Healthy Body: View live cells, pig heart and lung dissection

Grade 6 Diversity of Living Things OR Grade 7 Ecosystems: Understanding the role of microorganisms in infectious disease and in the human microbiome. Students see how scientists and doctors learn about infectious diseases and the microorganisms around us and suggest locations to swab for growth on agar plates. (This activity includes a short follow up to observe results of microbe growth on agar plates 2-5 days after first session or results can be recorded and viewed by class anytime on video)

Grade 8 Cells and Systems: Cells and tissues in heart disease research, heart dissection

Grade 8 Optics: Diabetes and eye dissection

Grade 8 Optics: Using microscopes in research

Grade 9 Reproduction: Mitosis and live cell culture techniques

Grade 11 Biology: Heart disease, heart dissection and using live cells in research

Grade 11 Biology: Aortic valve isolation ad stem cell tissue regeneration

Grade 11 Biology: Alzheimer’s and brain dissection with hippocampus isolation

Grade 12 Biology: COVID-19 PCR testing and gel electrophoresis

It’s All About Me (LRSD)

There are also many opportunities for schools in the Louis Riel School Division as part of our ongoing It’s All About Me partnership. Click below for more details.

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