EuroStemCell toolkit

A growing set of downloadable, mix-and-match stem cell resources and activities suitable for a variety of educational settings. All components have been extensively tested, and come with full instructions.

Available in several European languages.

Stem cells / Cell therapy cartoon

Small and simple cartoon about Stem cells for kids. The cartoon describes what are stem cells. What types of stem cells exist and what are their properties. 

Unfolding Organogenesis

Download the full origami guide to Unfolding Organogenesis.

Stem Cells and Diabetes

This resource looks at how stem cell research is moving towards a therapy for diabetes and uses case studies of real scientific data to exemplify current work in the field. The resource also highlights the inter-disciplinary, collaborative and international flavour of contemporary biomedical science as it introduces a European project called ‘HumEn’ whose aim is to produce functional Beta cells in the lab that could be used as a treatment for diabetes.

A Stem Cell Adventure

This comic book, originally published in Portuguese and now also available in English, aims to transmit basic concepts related to stem cells, their properties and possible uses, and also to note what distinct roadblocks in widespread uses might be.

Carlo and the Orange Glasses

Carlo is on an adventure to get his best cycling time ever, but finds himself in a bit of a pickle. Thanks to the ‘Zoom 3000’ glasses Carlo finds himself a new path, the road to science. This book is intended for children aged 8-10 years, and introduces the readers to our immune system and the healing processes that we undergo following an injury.

Sporty stem cells animates: short films on sport and stem cells

Last updated:
29 May 2014

Take a new look at sport and its effect on your body with these short videos (~3 mins). Each film focuses on a different aspect of exercise or sports injury, explaining how stem cells play a role in improving performance or repairing damage. An unusual, attention-grabbing mix of real-world film with animated text and drawings takes you right inside your body, from muscles to blood.

Animation: Zellen als Krankheitsmodelle

Wie werden Stammzellen als Labormodell für Krankheiten genutzt? Dieser vierminütige Animationsfilm erklärt einfach und anschaulich, wie und wieso Zellen als Krankheitsmodelle genutzt werden.

Diese Animation wurde im Auftrag von Eurostemcell von Duncan Brown produziert. Der wissenschaftliche Inhalt, sowie die Stimme, wurde von Dr Dr Christian Unger zur Verfügung gestellt. 

Dieses Video ist inhaltlich mit dem "factsheet on reprogrammed cells in disease modelling" verbunden (auf Englisch, deutsche Fassung in Entwicklung).

Let's Talk Stem Cells

This activity provides teachers with a resource which supports (i) an understanding of stem cells, (ii) how they can be used therapeutically, and (iii) a discussion activity which raises some of the issues relating to stem cells. In the Scottish Curriculum, the resource supports CfE level 4 science outcomes and the stem cell outcomes from National 4 and 5 Biology.

This resource also helps teachers encourage young people to:

  • make informed personal decisions and choices<
  • express opinions and show respect for others' views
  • develop informed social, moral and ethical views of scientific, economic and environmental issues
  • discuss and debate scientific ideas and issues.

Stem Cell School Tool: un aperçu du monde des cellules souches

La recherche sur les cellules souches et son application médicale, la médecine régénérative, avancent à pas de géant. L'idée de base de la médecine régénérative est séduisante: utiliser le potentiel d'autoguérison du corps afin de remplacer les cellules malades ou endommagées. Peut-on remplacer les cellules nerveuses des malades de Parkinson par des cellules souches? Les cellules souches peuvent-elles contribuer à la régénération des nerfs chez les paraplégiques? Ou aider à réactiver les cellules produisant l'insuline chez les diabétiques? La médecine régénérative est très prometteuse mais n'en est encore qu'à ses débuts.

Le Stem Cell School Tool informe les gymnasiennes et gymnasiens des dernières avancées en la matière. D'une part, il leur explique les phénomènes de base des cellules souches (module 1) et tente, d'autre part, de leur faire comprendre l'état actuel de la médecine régénérative à l'aide de projets de recherche concrets (module 2). Le module 3 traite de la dernière percée de la recherche sur les cellules souches: la possibilité de reprogrammer des cellules "adultes" (cellules iPS). Le manuel scolaire s'adresse aux élèves du gymnase, en particulier à celles et ceux avec une option en biologie. Les modules se composent d'un texte introductif, de devoirs, de nombreux graphiques et illustrations ainsi que d'une documentation à l'intention de l'enseignant.


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