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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 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.

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.


Stem Cell School Tool: Einblick in die Welt der Stammzellen

Die Stammzellforschung und ihre medizinische Anwendung, die regenerative Medizin, machen rasante Fortschritte. Die Idee hinter der regenerativen Medizin tönt bestechend: Das Selbstheilungspotenzial des Körpers nutzen, um kranke oder beschädigte Zellen zu ersetzen. Kann man mit Stammzellen die Nervenzellen ersetzen, die bei Parkinson-Patienten absterben? Kann man mit Stammzellen die Nervenstränge bei querschnittgelähmten Patienten wieder zusammenwachsen lassen? Oder bei Diabetikern die Insulin produzierenden Zellen nachwachsen lassen? Die regenerative Medizin verspricht viel, aber sie steht noch ziemlich am Anfang.

Das Stem Cell School Tool gibt Schülerinnen und Schülern einen aktuellen Einblick ins Thema. Es erklärt einerseits die grundlegenden Phänomene der Stammzellen (Modul 1) und versucht andererseits anhand konkreter Forschungsprojekte zu erklären, wie der Stand der regenerativen Medizin heute ist (Modul 2). Das Modul 3 wiederum behandelt den neuesten Durchbruch in der Stammzellforschung: die Möglichkeit, „erwachsene“ Zellen rückzuprogrammieren (iPS-Zellen). Das Schulmaterial richtet sich an Schülerinnen und Schüler der Gymnasium-Stufe, insbesondere an solche mit Schwerpunkt Biologie. Die Module bestehen jeweils aus Einführungstext, Aufgaben, vielen Grafiken und Bildern sowie einer Begleitdokumentation für Lehrpersonen.

Le cellule staminali: spunti per un'azione didattica

La dispensa, pensata per un pubblico di studenti della scuola secondaria media e superiore, racconta cosa siano le cellule staminali, la ricerca scientifica su di esse e il loro utilizzo in medicina. Si parte dall’embrione, la prima cellula da cui ha origine la vita, e ripercorrendo lo sviluppo embrionale si presentano le diverse tipologie di cellule staminali e le loro caratteristiche e differenze. Si passa poi a spiegare l’importanza delle cellule staminali in medicina, le applicazioni terapeutiche attuali e quelle che saranno possibili in futuro, con una particolare attenzione alle cellule staminali del cordone ombelicale. Infine, si racconta in cosa consista la ricerca sulle cellule staminali, i risultati raggiunti finora e le prospettive future, affrontando anche l’importante questione etica riguardante l’uso delle staminali embrionali nella ricerca scientifica.  

Stem cell treatments and ethics: discussion lesson

Última atualização:
21 Jan 2013

A discussion lesson for 12-14 year olds on ethical or societal dilemmas about the use of new stem cell treatments.

Who should be allowed life-changing new treatments? When should patients be given experimental treatments? How do we weigh up the risks and benefits? And who decides?

Stem cell research policy lesson plan: create an advocacy brochure

In this lesson, students will:

  • Explain what stem cells are, where they are found, and how they may be used. 
  • In small groups, create diagrams and glossaries to illustrate their knowledge of stem cells.
  • Evaluate and defend or attack President Obama's ruling on federal spending for stem cell research, using authentic news stories.

Stem cells: the ethical matrix

In this activity you will first produce an ethical matrix and then use it as a tool to discuss some ethical issues surrounding stem cells.

An extract from the BBSRC publication Stem cells - science and ethics (3rd edition).

CIRM- five lesson plans for secondary schools

Each of the five units begins with a list of the learning standards that can be taught using the materials, including lesson plans, power points, videos, background information for teachers, interactive activities, assessment tools and separate glossaries for teachers and students.

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