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In partnership with the Winnipeg School Division and the Louis Riel School Division, the Youth BIOlab held a 3-day session for a special group of grade 4 and 5 students from six different Winnipeg schools (JB Mitchell, Isaac Brock, Grosvenor, Archwood, Lavallee and St. George Schools). These 10 young scientists explored how St-Boniface Hospital Research scientists and doctors understand heart attacks from the patient all the way down to the DNA inside heart cells. They created glowing bacteria, worked with living fibroblast cells, dissected pig hearts and digested some DNA for gel electrophoresis. This is a specialized program we hope to continue in future years to support those young students who have an early passion for science.

The RBC Youth BIOlab Jeunesse teaching laboratory was built with support from Manitoba Education, RBC, and the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation and opened its doors to students in Spring 2013. The program is delivered in partnership with Manitoba school divisions and with the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to connect St. Boniface Hospital and Research Centre to classroom learning.