The number of BioBuilderClub teams grew to 30 this year from last year’s 26 teams. This year’s group included three teams from Taiwan and 27 teams from the U.S. They all focused on developing innovative ways to address a wide range of challenges facing humanity and planet Earth.
We hope you are as inspired by their work as we are!
The teams addressed a range of vital topics that could positively impact the environment, health, medicine, food, and biomanufacturing. Check out this list of the synbio projects these students have been working on:
The Crosstown High School team in Tennessee is seeking a way to detect the presence of carcinogenic ethylene oxide in the air. As they explain it:
The Black Team at Lambert High School in Georgia is seeking a way to reduce pest-caused losses of cruciferous vegetables. As they explain it:
Team B5 from the Taipei American School in Taiwan is looking for a bioengineered water treatment process that removes the toxin that causes Cholera. As they explain it:
Team 1 from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Illinois is looking for a better way to degrade crude oil spills in the ocean. As they explain it:
Thanks also to the wonderful bioengineering professionals who volunteer their time to BioBuilderClub teams. Your student mentoring helps these young scientists grow in both knowledge and enthusiasm. As one student put it, “it was a joy to work with a mentor!”
On March 15th, BioBuilder and Worcester Public Schools celebrated the success of this year’s graduates of the Innovation Pathways Program (IPP). Fourteen students received their Biotech and Biomanufacturing Certificates, as well admiration for their hard work and dedication to careers in biotechnology and biomanufacturing!
The Massachusetts IPP is an early career program that provides high school students with advanced studies focused on work-readiness for high-growth fields, along with hands-on skills development and opportunities for internships. Worcester Public Schools’ IPP includes a BioBuilder Pathway in biotechnology, biomanufacturing, and synthetic biology.
The Biotech Pathway’s first course familiarizes students with the technical and conceptual underpinnings of 21st century biotechnology. Students also gain proﬁciency with essential laboratory tools and skills that are required for success in today’s biotechnology industry.
In the Pathway’s second course, students use pre-existing laboratory modules from the BioBuilder curriculum to gain ﬁrst-hand experience with the engineering design process as it applies to biotechnologies. They also use advanced biomanufacturing equipment to scale production of an enzyme produced from the micro-organism they characterized in the first course.
We are so proud of the graduates and are excited to see them already prepared to enter the biotechnology industry. Congratulations to each of you!