Life Sciences company Bayer has opened a free science laboratory for UK schools, as new research* reveals that nine out of ten teachers believe that regular access to practical lessons improves the learning process for students of all abilities and backgrounds.

The Bayer survey shows that teachers believe companies working in the STEM industry should play a role in providing facilities for engaging school trips, enabling students to understand the real-life application of STEM subjects. They also said that introverted students in particular may be missing out when resources need to be shared.  Lack of equipment meant that quieter students were more likely to hold themselves back from taking part in hands-on experimentation.

Inspiring the next generation

Based in Green Park just outside Reading, the Baylab is part of an £11m investment, and aims to inspire young people to pursue opportunities in life science and strengthen the UK STEM talent pool. With support from the British Science Association and the Royal Institution, its workshops have been developed to support teachers with delivering the national curriculum and fill the ‘hands-on’ science gap that many teachers experience due to time and cost constraints.

Workshops cover key stages 2-5, and range from giving children the chance to extract their own DNA to characterising the proteins of an enzyme, trying their hand as a formulation scientist and even working through crime scene forensics. 

Alongside the Baylab, Bayer has launched the Inspiration Space, a high-tech interactive exhibition; through the latest motion sensor, touch technology, and body scanners, students will understand what constitutes sustainable food and provide informative insight into the complexity of the human body in relation to maintaining a healthy heart, skin and wound care. Both Baylab and the Inspiration Space will provide access to approximately 4,000 students every year.

Baylab’s manager, Emma Schierbaum, a science teacher and biochemist said: “We look forward to welcoming students of all abilities from across the country to visit Baylab as a centre of excellence for science, but also as an important free educational resource to enhance and complement the National Curriculum.”

Find out more

Read our interview with Baylab's manager, Emma Schierbaum, on the British Science Week blog.

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*OnePoll survey of 500 primary and secondary teachers carried out between 27 February and 8
  March 2017.