The holidays are over and it’s time to go back to work, also for our youngest and curious minds of the students that visit us every year. Despite the situation we are experiencing due to the coronavirus outbreak, at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) we are making an effort to resume some of our outreach activities in person.
In this sense, the IBEC laboratories have reopened the doors for the students participating in the “Bojos per la Bioenginyeria” and the “Batx2Lab” programs, adapting to this “new normality”.
Last Saturday, September 5, the face-to-face sessions of the “Bojos per la Bioenginyeria” program were resumed, an initiative promoted by the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera aimed at students in their last years of secondary education interested in a scientific career. This year, a total of 24 high school students from different schools throughout Catalonia will visit our laboratories. In this first meeting after the holidays, the students participated in a practical session on “nanoencapsulation of drugs”. The activity, led by researchers from the “Nanomalaria” group at IBEC, has revolved around the malaria disease. The students have learned to identify the parasite that causes it, in a blood sample that they prepared during the workshop. They also put into practice the concept of encapsulation and controlled drug release by making spheres of different sizes with different permeabilities.
The participants will make up the 8 practical sessions in order to complete the program, that had to be temporarily suspended in March. Despite this group sessions, a total of 16 students of the program are undertaking individually the practical part of their Research Work at IBEC, tutored by researchers from the centre.
On the other hand, IBEC also participates in the Batx2lab program, organized by the Barcelona Science Park (PCB) dedicated to first year high school students so that they can carry out the practical part of their research work. This year, 4 students are conducting their research in our laboratories with the support of an experienced scientist.