Five (5) hours of asynchronous lectures by Dr. Natalie Kuldell, biodesign assignments, reference materials, feedback on assignments and projects from BioBuilder teaching assistants, weekly live Office Hours, and a Project Showcase.
This program is offered regularly throughout the academic year. Dates for the 2022-2023 academic year coming soon!
Cohort 1: August 22 – Sept 9, 2022
Cohort 2: Sept 12 – Sept 29, 2022
Cohort 3: Oct 10 – Oct 27, 2022
Cohort 4: Oct 31 – Nov 17, 2022
Cohort 5: Jan 9 – 26, 2023
Cohort 6: Feb 13 – March 2, 2023
Cohort 7: April 10 – April 28, 2023
Register your class or yourself for the month that’s right for you!
Want to see some of the great ideas that past Idea Accelerator teams have come up with? Check out the showcase highlight videos >
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Idea Accelerator here. If you can’t find the answers here please feel free to contact us (email@example.com).
The Idea Accelerator offers current biological engineering challenges so that students may experience scientific problem-solving in the context of authentic and meaningful investigations.
Students feel like real scientists and may envision themselves as innovators who will change the world. STEM mentors serve as an important resource for teams, and provide a real-world glimpse into the possibilities of STEM research and careers.
The Idea Accelerator also empowers teachers to be agents of educational reform by reconnecting them with their love of teaching and their own love of learning.
Teams work toward projects to be shared with other students in our online showcase.
Students can expect to engage with materials such as recorded lectures, live Office Hours, interactive discussion boards, and a variety of resources that will be made available each week. We anticipate that students will spend at least 3 hours/week working directly with us and at least as much time working outside of class. In other words, students are likely to spend approximately 6 hours per week on the Idea Accelerator viewing the seminars, completing the assignments and readings, attending the live Zoom Office Hours, contributing to the discussion boards, and collaborating with their project team.
During live Office Hours, which are held on Zoom, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback and guidance on their projects. Office Hours are also used as an opportunity to build community among the students, and they are encouraged to participate with their cameras on.
Student groups will have the opportunity to present their project on the last day of the Idea Accelerator during the Project Showcase. They will receive feedback from instructors and peers, and learn about the other exciting projects their peers have been working on.
Cohort 1: September 13, 2021
Cohort 2: October 18, 2021
Cohort 3: November 29, 2021
Cohort 4: January 10, 2022
Cohort 5: February 14, 2022
Cohort 6: March 21, 2022
Cohort 7: April 25, 2022
Small Group (3 – 10 students) = $250.00
Classroom (11 – 25 students) = $500.00
Educator Observer = $50.00 (Access for an educator to observe the course and materials – no student access will be granted)
**BioBuilder is committed to making our life-changing curriculum accessible for all students. We are offering the Idea Accelerator at NO COST to those schools where 50% or more of the student population is eligible for free lunch (as reported on https://www.publicschoolreview.com/).**
The Idea Accelerator welcomes all teams, regardless of access to molecular biology laboratory facilities. The program is optimized for online, in-person, or hybrid school formats. Students will need to complete a registration process, including agreeing to abide by the BioBuilder Online Code of Conduct and following onboarding procedures to access Canvas, the educational platform that houses our Idea Accelerator content.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of Office Hours and the Canvas discussion boards to ask questions and get feedback on their ideas as they work on their group projects. Office Hours in particular are a great way for students to ask questions and hear directly from industry experts as well as students and academics in the field.
Yes! The Idea Accelerator is a great introduction to biodesign, appropriate for all high school students. This program is also suitable for advanced/honors biology classes.
It is helpful for students to have a basic understanding that DNA is the coding language for a cell. We take an engineering lens to look at life science, and so students learn about the cells and systems that they need to learn about as they try to design a biotechnology to solve a real world challenge.
Yes! Here are some examples of past Idea Accelerator projects.
We are looking for industry professionals, students, and academics to visit during Office Hours and speak with students! If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this form.
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Idea Accelerator Volunteer Inquiry.”
You should definitely check out our more extensive FAQ document that’s linked here
And if you’ve still got questions, please reach out to us by email to email@example.com