Ospedale San Raffaele visits schools throughout Milan – bringing free, one-day programs designed to deliver a unique experience of science understanding – and welcomes students in the research labs. Participants directly engage in hands-on activities about cell biology – DNA extraction, sequencing and analysis – fluorescence biomedical applications, microscopy and much more!
Schools are welcomed to visit the hospital campus, the research labs and the university facilities. Visiting San Raffaele represents an interactive and fun opportunity to be in touch with the forefront of biomedical research and to meet the men and women behind it: young researchers from all over the world, that turn into guides and speakers, telling the most interesting aspects of their day-to-day work.
Schools' classes in visit will have the opportunity to:
- have a brief tour of the campus;
- perform some hands-on actitvities in the university educational laboratory;
- visit a research lab guided by the researchers who work in it;
Upon request, students in visit can also find their way out from a scientific escape room (The Escape Lab!), in which they have to make use of all their scientific knowledge together with what they learned during the visit – how to use a microscope and other lab instruments – to win the game.
Ospedale San Raffaele directly reach out to students in Milan schools, bringing into their classrooms real biotechnology experiments, the expertise of its best scientists and the enthusiasm of young researchers. Only in the last two years, our institutional school program — a hands-on activity on cell biology and DNA — reached approximately 80 classes in 15 different schools, meeting more 1700 students and involving around 80 researchers.
Beside the institutional program, Ospedale San Raffaele is open to deliver tailor-made activities upon specific requests coming from single schools. Among past laboratories:
- Learning how to eat properly with robot NAO, for teaching the students the secrets of healthy and sustainable nutrition;
- Guess who’s a researcher, for braking down prejudices and preconceptions about research and who makes it;
- HeLa, the immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks, the incredible story of the first immortal cell line ever discovered and the most used in research laboratories around the world, in which science, ethics and society intersect;
- Cellular rainbow, a curious journey in the world of biological fluorescence and how it’s used in biomedical research.