As well as making new medicines, we’re also really interested in inspiring the next generation of medicine makers. We’re particularly keen on encouraging girls and young women to engage with science. With our latest public project, we’re working with Girlguiding Dundee to reach out in a new way, with our brand new Medicine Maker badge.
A team of our scientists from the Centre have been working on the project for the past several months. We’ve been coming up with ideas for games, activities and experiments that the girls can do. We want them to be fun and approachable, but to still capture the challenge of what we do. We’ve covered the broad range of the Centre’s work. You can look at the difference sciences that we do here across the Drug Discovery Unit and our parasitology groups. You’ll also be able to explore the place of infectious diseases in the world and the place of science in our society. Activities include taking a virtual tour of our labs, visiting a local science centre or museum, and playing tig or baking cakes to think about science.
We’ve now created a huge pack of activities! We’ll be launching them on February 11 as part of International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from across Dundee will be joining us at the School of Life Sciences. Don’t worry if you can’t make it on the night, though – we’ll be sharing on our social media.
We’ll also be posting the badge pack right here on our website, along with some evaluation forms that could really help us. We’d love as many people as possible to take part in the challenge. Do get in touch with us if you’ve any questions about the pack or how we made it. We’re looking forward to lots of new Medicine Maker badges being sewn on!