Science@School Program

Inventor Spirit in the Classroom

Arousing interest in young students for the life sciences, medicine and the riddles of life is the aim of the Bayer Science & Education Foundation. Young children who are allowed to ask questions and discover answers during their school years develop a pioneer spirit.

The Bayer school support program provides funding for teachers in the areas surrounding the Bayer sites that would like to make their science classes more interesting via innovative projects. Ideally, these projects supplement the usual classroom instruction and can act as a model for other schools. The projects should arouse the students’ interest in medicine and the life sciences in new and innovative ways or give them unique insights into related occupations. A total of € 500,000 is made available for this program each year. An independent panel of experts decides on which projects are funded.

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Humboldt Bayer Mobil
The “Mobil” lets students go on a research expedition without leaving town. Together with the Humboldt University Berlin, the Bayer Science & Education Foundation converted a 14 meter-long truck into a mobile science lab. The truck travels to various schools and takes young students on a journey of discovery. Children from grades five through eight get an inside look at medical examinations and learn about scientific work. They use modern devices and perform experiments to answer exciting questions regarding the body's mysteries.

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Science Teens: Holiday Researchers
Particularly dedicated employees' children from Germany can participate in science/medical summer camps in the US thanks to the Bayer Foundations. Together with other employees' children from the US, India and Africa, they perform experiments and research on medical or scientific topics.

A closer look at rare diseases

The project:
Students in white lab coats stand at a laboratory table and drop concentrated fluid from a pipette into a test tube. The 11th graders are experimenting with a diagnostic method that is used in real laboratories to detect childhood dementia. The experiment is part of an instructional package that the NCL Foundation (NCL = Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis) developed for advanced biology classes. The students learn the genetic fundamentals of rare diseases while becoming familiar with various medical occupations. With the financial help from Bayer, this series is now being used at schools in Cologne.

Year supported: 2015
Financial support: € 4,700
Initiative sponsored: NCL Foundation

Generating interest in medicine through sports

The project:
What happens to the body when it engages in endurance sports? How can medical data be used to develop training programs? Students learn how organs and metabolism processes work via various experiments in their PE or Biology / Chemistry classes. Thanks to support from the Bayer Foundations, they can use cutting-edge devices for these experiments – like bicycle ergometers and digital blood pressure devices.

Year supported: 2015
Financial support: € 1,550
School sponsored: Städtisches Gymnasium, Bergkamen

Deep-sea expedition

The project:
The marine world has its own set of laws. 9th and 10th grade students are exploring its mysteries with experiments and excursions: In the swimming pool, they learn how water pressure, noises and light affect the human body and other objects under water. At various research facilities, they gather scientific insights on the underwater world. At the local lakes, they explore the flora and fauna on dives. The students work in teams to answer their own questions. The Bayer Foundations support them by financing the materials needed for their experiments.

Year supported: 2015
Financial support: € 1,900
School sponsored: Gemeinschaftsschule Lobdeburgschule, Jena

Once upon a time: Science in fairy tales

The project:
5th and 6th grade students learn the basics of science using themes from popular fairy tales like “Hansel & Gretel". For instance, they test whether a self-built witch’s hut made of gingerbread can withstand high temperatures and compare the building material to alternatives like concrete or Styrofoam. “The Emperor's New Clothes” serves as the starting point for experiments with materials regarding their thermal conductivity and isolation properties. The Bayer Foundations financed the required teaching materials.

Year supported: 2015
Financial support: € 5,500
School sponsored: Primary school in Eliashof, Berlin

Middle Ages Pharmacy

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The project:
What do comfrey, lady’s mantle and pasqueflower have in common with peppermint, sage and St. John’s wort? They are all plants that were used as medicinal herbs in the Middle Ages. The educational offer from NaturGut Ophoven aims to introduce young students to the fascinating world of medicinal plants via lively and practical instruction. They accomplish this by planting and maintaining a “pharmaceutical garden”. Teaching units explain the process of how a plant goes from being a medicinal herb to an approved medicine. Younger students go hands-on and make cough medicines, lozenges, ointments and teas while older students are introduced to various medical and pharmaceutical occupations.

Year supported: 2015
Financial support: € 10,000
Initiative sponsored: Förderverein NaturGut Ophoven