The teams addressed a range of vital topics that could positively impact the environment, health, medicine, food, and biomanufacturing. Just look at this list of incredible synbio projects these students are pursuing!
The Taipei Green team worked on a new cancer diagnostic tool.
In their own words:
Cancerous tumors are developed when the tumor suppressor protein p53 mutates and is no longer functional. Consequently, under p53’s absence of regulation, malignant cells are able to rapidly proliferate. As a result of the mutations, the protein survivin, an inhibitor of apoptosis, becomes highly expressed. Thus, the survivin promoter can be used as an indicator for cancerous tumors. We aim to create a diagnostic tool to detect early stages of cancer by placing a reporter gene, such as GFP, under the control of the survivin promoter. A positive diagnostic for a malignant tumor would hence activate the survivin promoter and turn on the indicator gene.
The “NanoDragons,” a first year team from the JR Masterman School in Philadelphia, expanded on the project they started last year in BioBuilder’s Idea Accelerator.
Students from the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio designed a houseplant, Tradescantia (aka spiderwort), to change color when exposed to high concentrations of household radon.
A big ‘thank you’ to the wonderful bioengineering professionals who volunteer their time to BioBuilderClub teams. Your mentoring of student teams helps these young scientists grow in both knowledge and enthusiasm.
Lastly, we are so thankful for the local teachers who encourage and support BioBuilderClub teams and students. This wouldn’t happen without you!
… and help get the bioengineering leaders of tomorrow, here today!
State and local public funding for student transportation to out-of-school academic programs is virtually nonexistent. As a result, more and more students are finding it difficult to get to the programs they seek. BioBuilder wants to provide timely transportation to and from local schools or public transportation stations so students aren’t forced to sacrifice furthering their education simply because of transportation issues.
With your help, we can reach our goal of $30,000 for the 2022/2023 academic year to make our life-changing programming accessible to all.
The first $7,500 contributed to the Get ‘Em Rolling! campaign will be generously matched by Marcus Partners, essentially doubling incoming support!
So, let’s get these students rolling! Make a donation to the BioBuilder Get ‘Em Rolling! campaign today… and keep young minds rolling toward a bright future!