Citizen Science and other things

Citizen Science and Public Engagement

We work with schools from Scotland to characterize the “Microbiome of Scotland”. We started by collecting soil with P5, P6 and P7 pupils from various Schools in Fife, and next year we will expand the project to several other schools in Scotland.

We will extract DNA from soil samples and determine which bacteria are present. All data will be freely available to the community in a website (under preparation).

See below some snapshots of our activities:

Career Fair at St Peter and St Pauls Primary School in Dundee (04/10/2018) – P4 class

 

Career Fair at St Peter and St Pauls Primary School in Dundee – demonstration with agar plate, mNeonGreen fluorescent protein, red fluorescent protein, “pineapple melts jelly” experiment, SDS-PAGE.

 

Pineapple DOES melt jelly!

 

 

With the soil collection for the Microbiome of Scotland we also do a DNA extraction – from right to left, pineapple, strawberry, kiwi and banana – P6 class from Thornton Primary school in Glenrothes (13/09/2018).

 

Soil collection for the Microbiome of Scotland – Primary 6 class from Thornton Primary school in Glenrothes (13/09/2018).

 

Soil collection for the Microbiome of Scotland – Primary 7 from Greyfriars Primary school in St Andrews (30/08/2018).

 

Soil collection for the Microbiome of Scotland – Primary 5 from Greyfriars Primary school in St Andrews (29/08/2018).

 

Soil collection for the Microbiome of Scotland – Primary 6 from Greyfriars Primary school in St Andrews (28/08/2018).

2018 iGEM competition

We are hosting and mentoring the 2018 team for the iGEM competition! Everyone worked hard throughout the summer, and their progress can be seen here.