BioBuilder Foundation

The BioBuilder Educational Foundation

Help us Transform STEM Education, One Classroom at a Time

The need for STEM education in today’s educational settings is as great as the need to support its ongoing growth.

To that end, BioBuilder takes a comprehensive approach to the emerging field of synthetic biology, providing exceptional programming available for students and educators alike. For students, there is the chance to integrate biology and engineering through practical, hands-on lessons and club activities. For educators, there is the vital opportunity for relevant professional development that fosters new methods of teaching designed to engage and inspire the young scientists in their classrooms.

BioBuilder was one of (if not the) first truly robust synbio curricula for secondary level science classrooms and labs. It was engineered so purposefully for the classroom and is a really important benchmark in democratizing access to higher level research skills in high schools and in community labs. It's a high water mark for STEM enrichment, a model for the future.”
Daniel Menelly CEO, The DoSeum
"I just wanted to drop a small note thanking you for all your involvement in BioBuilder..., and to say how much that affected the course of my career, education, and overall life. I recently finished grad school applications to Synthetic Biology/Bioengineering PhD programs and honestly could not imagine pursuing a career in any other field."
Michael Sheets Massachusetts, USA

With our work expanding in classrooms across 47 states and 55 countries, the BioBuilder Educational Foundation seeks resources to continue this exciting trajectory of growth.

Let’s build on this momentum

Your support promotes the expansion of this unique programming:


Young innovators and inventors in high schools around the United States combine engineering approaches and scientific know-how to design, build, and test their own project ideas.

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BioBuilder Apprenticeships

An eight-week lab-readiness program to prepare high school students for paid summer internships in Boston and Cambridge.

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Professional Development Workshops

Three-day workshops that combine classroom, laboratory, and design activities that prepare science educators to bring engineering into classrooms, labs, or science clubs.

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Scholarship Fund and Capacity Building

Supports the ability for BioBuilder to provide its curricula free of charge, to develop new curricula and lab opportunities, and to expand its outreach and support of STEM teachers in the U.S. and around the world.

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Learning Lab

Located in the heart of Kendall Square, the fully equipped, state-of-the-art Learning Lab provides a year-round home for BioBuilder’s expanding work. With three full-time instructors and support staff, the Learning Lab fosters a welcoming, entrepreneurial environment for students, teachers, and community members.

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Meet Our People and Partners


Board Members and Staff

We are a diverse group of professionals who remember that learning new things can inspire both hard work and excitement. Drawing on our personal experiences and professional networks, we are getting fresh content into the hands of teachers, engaging students as problem solvers in the process.


Our Supporters

Our partners make a world of difference. Their support keeps BioBuilder innovating and growing. Donations and partnerships expand our scope, scale and pace. Together we’re transforming education.