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In 2020 we started an exciting project at our university. The Swiss Science Foundation was impressed and supported the project with an Agora grant. Unfortunately this grand will end in spring 2022. If you want this project to continue, please support us!

Please contact us via microbes.ecole@unine.ch for information about the options how to support us.

Service learing

The service-learning is a course offered to students of the 3rd year of the bachelor's degree in biology during the spring semester. It aims to enable them to get involved in local communities and to acquire new skills in communication to the general public and in teaching, while consolidating their acquired knowledge in order to transmit this knowledge in turn.

To do this, the students independently prepare a strategy for transmitting knowledge on a specific scientific subject to a non-specialist audience; in our case, schoolchildren from level 2H to 9H. The scientific subject addressed, as well as the way of approaching it, is done through discussions between university students, teachers of the classes concerned and academic supervisors in order to involve all the partners. The only prerogative to address: what are microorganisms, what can they do and in particular to compare their negative side to the multitudes of positive actions that they can offer to society.

The general organization of a semester is as follows:

  • December to February: Recruitment of school teachers to define the general context of the approach and to start preparing students.
  • Mid-February - early March: First meeting between Unine teachers and students.
  • March: Preparation of activities by Unine students, with regular exchanges between the different project partners (Unine and school).
  • Mid-March - mid-May: Unine students working with schoolchildren.
  • June: Final presentation, feedback between the various participants.

This course was implemented in the spring semester of 2020 thanks to funding from the quality office as part of innovative educational projects and is also funded by the Agora program of the SNSF until February 28, 2022.

In order to be able to sustain this program over the long term, we are looking for external funding. It is for this purpose that this dossier was created.

All these activities were carried out during the spring semester 2021

1. Class  3H (Neuchâtel)
Students : Miriam Allisiardi et Louis Fontaine.

  • Fun activities around microbes and the issue of antibiotic resistance: Writing a story and crafting microbes.
  • Raising awareness of the problem of antibiotic resistance: Fishing game with microbial stuffed animals and fishing rods.
  • Outdoor sampling and observation under a microscope in the laboratory.

2. Class 4H (Neuchâtel)
Students : Lola Hänni et Gilles Hauser.

  • Creation of M./Mme. Microbe (according to Roger Hargreaves' famous book series) to tame the world of microbiology.
  • Making and baking bread to illustrate the usefulness of microbes.

3. Class 6H (Neuchâtel)
Students : Emmylou Michoud et Nolan Erard.

  • Card game (inspired by the "1000 terminals" on the theme of disease prevention through food and a healthy microbiota.
  • Outdoor sampling. Isolation and observation under a microscope in the laboratory.

4. Class 7H/4H (Boudry, NE) :
Students : Alice Pessina, Marco Rihs et Alexandre Carrea.

  • Board game illustrating the problem of antibiotic resistance and the development of new treatments.
  • Text with gaps: theoretical complement to the game.
  • Laboratory observation of the antagonistic effect of certain microorganisms as well as antibiotic treatments.

5. Class 7H (Neuchâtel) :
Students : Roxane Deriaz et Clément Vaudroz.

  • "Battle" type card game (inspired by "Pokémon"): Diversity of microorganisms and their impact on humans and the environment.
  • DIY "Pixel Art": Familiarize yourself with the different forms of microbes.
  • Observations under a microscope in the laboratory.

6. Class 8H (Neuchâtel) :
Students : Marie-Lou Pijnenburg et Yazalde Gonçalves Fernandes.

  • Board game with questions and sports activities, as well as orienteering: The roles and benefits of microorganisms in sport.
  • Creation of a "mind map": Visual summary of the concepts discussed.
  • Filtration in the beverage laboratory to isolate microorganisms.



All these activities were carried out during the spring semester 2020

1. Class 2H (Neuchâtel)
Students : Chloé Berton et Auriane Form.

  • Fun activities around the omnipresence of microbes on and in the human body: Making pom-pom microbes, drawing with children and making a video capsule.
  • Highlighting the importance of hand washing with the moldy bread experience.
  • Out into the forest to “see” the microbes in nature.

2. Class 7H (Hauterive, NE)
Students : Harishini Balachandiran, Baptiste Bovay, Sylvie Tillé et Tania Thoos.

Creation of a comic strip in which the main character is a teacher who has lost his collection of microbes. He will call on various assistants whose role is to explain to the students how to help him find his microbes by carrying out experiments in 'isolation of microbes from various media (hands, earth, everyday objects).

3. Class 8H (Hauterive, NE)
Students : Morgane Bouverot, Chiara Casartelli, Henri Descombes et Letizia Pessina.

  • Creation of a didactic course in the form of a board game to introduce the three major groups of microbes (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and their activities.
  • Theoretical contributions and quiz to verify the acquisition by the students.


In order to carry out these activities, we need equipment, laboratory consumables and manpower. Below is a budget corresponding to the needs over a year.

We have equipped ourselves with equipment that can be brought directly into the classrooms. Part of the budget therefore contains the creation of a reserve to be able to maintain the functionality of this equipment:

  • A microscope up to 1000X magnifications and allowing students to look together at microbes live.
  • A transportable laboratory system for performing molecular biology experiments with students in their classroom (Mini PCR® - www.minipcr.com).
  • Binocular loupes for viewing environmental samples up to 100X magnification.

Along with durable materials, we have costs related to the use of laboratory consumables and reagents. This small material is used to carry out experiments with the students, in the classroom or directly in the laboratory.

Finally, the coordination of the project as a whole, the creation and maintenance of a collection of turnkey activities for schools, as well as the supervision of Unine students is carried out by a collaborator. equivalent to 80% occupancy.

[numbers for 12 months] [CHF]
Amortization Mini PCR 150
Amortization Microscope 1750
Amortization of other equipent used 50
Petri dishes 10
Blades and lamellae 10
Gloves 16
Spoons 10
Coats kids size (20) 20
Chemical products  
PCR reagents and electrophoresis 150
Package: malt, nutrient broth, agar 50
Scientific collaborator - coordination / monitoring of the project 30% 28000
Scientific collaborator - creation of teaching material and support for Unine students 50% 46000
Total 76216





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