Biology in eidenai changes and acquires its proper dimension.
The immediate application of the theories of Biology in everyday life requires a different didactic approach to the specific cognitive subject.
To this day, many studies have been conducted on the importance of laboratory work in the teaching of Biology. Based on these, teachers agree that, in order to consolidate the lesson, the knowledge acquired in the classrooms and through books is ineffective without understanding and learning the methods and procedures behind the field (Cardak et al. 2007, Ottander & Grelsson, 2006, Tan, 2008, Lazarowitz & Tamir, 1994, Lunetta, 1998).
The main purpose of laboratory work in science education is to allow students, using the data collected from books, to deepen the logic that governs the biological phenomena. It is found, therefore, that educational institutions that combine the theoretical teaching of Biology (through books) with practical teaching (through laboratory experiments), are able to guarantee the best results for their students.
For this reason, we have created in “Eidenai” the bio-cLab, a modern, fully equipped Molecular Biology laboratory, in which our students, through the implementation of all the laboratory techniques mentioned in the textbook (and not only), will be able to better understand and in-depth all the biological processes taught, so that they can now more effectively cope with the deepening questions they will be called upon to manage during their preparation. Indicatively, some of the techniques that will be taught are mentioned:
- Creation and study of karyotype;
- Generation of recombinant plasmid;
- Cultivation of bacteria;
- Detection of viruses and inherited diseases by PCR method;
- Blood group study;
- Study of genetically modified foods;
- Fermentation techniques and wine making;
It is clear that all the above are considered of particular importance for students preparing for foreign universities (IB, A – levels). It is known that the main problem that Greek students face when they start their studies abroad, is that they have zero experience of laboratory techniques, something that does not apply to their fellow students who come from other countries.
At this point, the experience of the person in charge of bio-cLab, Antonis Vylliotis, in the publication of scientific papers at an international level and the collaborations he maintains with research centers abroad could be extremely useful.
Finally, bio-cLab will be able to teach younger students the mysteries of life through laboratory techniques