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Hands-On Science at BBIS

Thursday, 17 November, 2016

Last week, 14 BBIS MYP students joined a team of researchers working with Professor Maurer at the University Hospital Charité in Berlin. The landmark project, the first of its kind in Europe, is a cooperation between BBIS and the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation - ECARF www.ecarf.org.

Our students enjoyed plenty of hands-on activities in the lab which included microscopy sessions, various experiments with pollen and a lung capacity test. The day after, Professor Maurer, Director of  Research at the Department of Dermatology and Allergy at Charité www.allergie-centrum-charite.de, visited BBIS to run an interactive allergy workshop for all of our grade 8 students and their Science teachers. All participants were fascinated to find out what happens to our bodies during an allergic reaction, what causes it and how it can be stopped. Professor Maurer also took the opportunity to officially hand over the certificate 'Allergy Friendly School’ certified by ECARF to our nurse Beate Deckelmann, who initiated the project back in Spring 2016. A short film documenting the project will be published soon.