Feb 092015

Schermata 2015-02-09 alle 20.07.23

Dear Teachers,

in the framework of the AMGEN Teach project led in Italy by the ANISN.

Please find below (and on AmgenTeach website: http://www.amgenteach.eu/dlas ) more information concerning the content of the upcoming DLA, 23-27 February: STEM CELLS BIOLOGY AND PLANARIAN REGENERATION – expert: Marta Solís.

The stem cells biology talk will be given by a CRG expert in the field with strong communication skills. The aims of the talk are to refresh concepts of stem cells and to explain the nowadays science in this field by giving an example of a research in progress at the center, which will be easy to explain afterwards in the classroom.

Planarian regeneration – experiment to do in the classroom

The experiment consists on the study of the patterns of regeneration in planarian by conducting a regeneration experiment. Basically, after cutting the planarian in different types of cuts, the animals will regenerate themselves after two or three weeks thanks to their ability to “re-grow” lost body parts. Planarian have been the subject of many studies because of their unusual ability to regenerate. The speaker will explain and carry out the experiment. This experiment is easy to do in the classroom and very illustrative for stem cells understanding.

Day 1. – Pre live session (familiarization)

In the dedicated online space participants introduce themselves in a forum. The expert introduces him/herself, the topic and some related references (either text, web resources or video) teachers need to read. (all this is text or a video or a mixture).

Day 2. – Synchronous Live session (WebEx)

The expert supported by a EUN moderator, gives a live presentation of 45 – 60 min. on the topic of the DLA, with live discussion afterwards

Day 3. and 4.

During these days, in the DLA linked community, the expert poses 2- 3 leading questions and/or tasks for the participants to discuss or carry out. A help section is provided for assistance.

Day 5.

The session ends with a general synchronous discussion where the expert reviews the topic, picks out relevant points from the discussion and invites the participants to share their own experiences and discuss relevant resources (60 – 90 min.)”

We kindly ask you to send to anna.pascucci@gmail.com your name and email if you are interested in joining the DLA by 18th of February, the latest, so we can contact you for further details.