All about Stem Cells: Flexible Stem Cell Teaching Tool

Flexible HelpAll about stem cells is a flexible stem cell teaching tool that introduces stem cell science through creative group work and discussion. Includes colourful activity cards, simple worksheets, poster templates and an activity guide with a whole host of suggestions for how to use the materials. 

In this resource

  • Colourful activity cards on four themes covering the basics of stem cell science and its potential applications
  • Simple worksheets for those who need additional guidance
  • Question sheets and poster templates
  • An activity guide full of creative ideas on how to use the materials

Topics covered

All about stem cells covers four basic themes in stem cell biology:

  1. What is a stem cell? ? what stem cells can do; types of stem cell
  2. Where do embryonic stem cells come from? ? the blastocyst; cell culture; IVF
  3. Why bother with stem cells? ? applications now and in the future
  4. Making stem cells ? induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells)

Activity Guide for Educators72.44 KB All Resources for Ages 11-151.5 MB All Resources for Ages 16+4.84 MB Editable Cards - Ages 11-158.3 MB Editable Cards - Ages 16+9.31 MB Editable Questions and Worksheets - Ages 11-151.4 MB Editable Questions and Worksheets - Ages 16+1.58 MB


All about stem cells was created by Emma Kemp. Important contributions, advice and opportunities to pilot the activities were provided by many colleagues, teachers and students and their contributions are detailed within the activity guide. Particular thanks to Louise Guy of Bathgate Academy, Scotland, who played a major role in adapting the content for the 11-14 age group.

Photograph of two female students (top right) on this page by Feelin' Groovy Photography.

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