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Science in a Box

‘Science in a Box’ was created for students to learn more about medicine development, the role of the pharmaceutical industry and to demonstrate the range of career opportunities that exist in the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Developed by Pfizer UK colleagues, the programme is aimed at 13-14 year olds and guides students through the key steps that are taken to discover and develop a medicine.

There are eight modules in total including a variety of interactive games to engage students in the processes of making a medicine. The modules can be run individually or sequentially and are facilitated by our STEM and SIP Ambassadors trained on Science in a Box.

We believe it is important to showcase our expertise and teach children about the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Whats inside the 8 modules?

 

Introduction (15-30 mins)

Includes fact cards, a puzzle and a mini quiz. Objective: To provide an overview of the entire Molecule to Medicine journey.

 

1. Pre-discovery (45-60 mins)

Includes a presentation and a 'mind maps' activity. Objective: To provide an understanding of what types of information are considered when initially exploring the pre-discovery elements of medicine development.

 

2. Discovery (30 mins)

Includes a board game. Objective: To understand the work involved in searching for the right molecule within a specific disease area.

 

3. Molecule Development (45-60 mins)

Includes a presentation and an activity related to making a molecule. Objective: To provide an understanding of how a molecular formula can have various chemical structures and how this will then impact on effectiveness, stability and reproducibility of its effect.

 

4. Medicine Development (45 mins)

Includes a presentation and an activity related to developing a medicine. Objective: To understand the process of developing the experimental molecule into a medicine, including an understanding of medicine formulation.

 

5. Clinical Trials (1 hour)

Includes a presentation and an activity related to clinical trials. Objective: To understand the clinical trials process and whats involved in the various stages.

 

6. Access (1 hour)

Includes a presentation and a crossword puzzle. Objective: To understand how the results of clinical trials are scrutinised by regulatory agencies before a medicine can be approved for use and then to understand how medicines are further evaluated to assess appropriateness for use after licensing.

 

7. Supply: The Manufacturing Train (45-60 mins)

Includes a board game. Objective: To understand what needs to be considered when manufacturing a medicine, good manufacturing practice and the associated regulatory requirements.

 

8. Supply: Packaging & Delivery (45 mins)

Includes a presentation and a 'build a box' activity. Objective: To understand what needs to be considered when supplying and transporting medicines. To understand some of the issues related to counterfeit medicines.

 

Want to know more?

Call 01304 616161 and ask to be put through to the Pfizer Colleague and Community Engagement team.

 

I am Science

The Science in a Box initiative is part of our ongoing I Am Science campaign, designed to create an environment which inspires and supports the work of future generations of scientists.

PP-PFE-GBR-1325 / July 2018