Wednesday 18 February saw the premiere of a teaching module that was developed within the
. The module is about carbohydrates in breast milk: Gezond oud worden begint bij Mammae (Healthy Ageing Begins with Mammary).
Eva Teuling from Science LinX gave 18 Year Five pupils from Lindecollege in Wolvega an introduction to the composition of cow’s milk and breast milk, and to the most important molecules in breast milk. The pupils then set to work in the lab, using enzymes to investigate the amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in different types of milk. The milk bar contained fresh and pasteurised cow’s milk, goat’s milk and formula milk – unfortunately no breast milk was available.
In their chemistry and biology lessons in the coming weeks, the pupils will continue to study the different topics in the module, such as digestion, microbiology, the chemistry of milk and process chemistry (the production of formula milk). They will do this in what are known as expert groups. Each group will study a different topic and then give a presentation to share the knowledge it has acquired with the rest of the class. In addition, more tests are scheduled, such as working with microorganisms and immobilizing enzymes.
A debate is also planned about such matters as the ethical aspects of breastfeeding and the marketing of formula. To conclude the project the pupils will stage an exhibition about the scientific and ethical aspects of the topic at the Groningen Night of Arts and Sciences (6 June).
In short, this
, which uses a wide range of modes of instruction to teach not only knowledge that is essential in the subjects of biology and chemistry but also a great deal about current science and the ethics of science and innovation, has got off to a flying start in Wolvega.
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