Where Students Become Scientists

Taught by champion educators and PhD scientists from Harvard, Tufts, MIT, and Boston University, this program is targeted to rising 10th-12th graders who want to engineer biology to make the world a better place.

  • Session 1 runs from July 22nd – August 2nd, 2024
  • Session 2 runs from August 12th – August 23rd, 2024
  • Monday – Friday, 9AM – 4PM
  • Lunch Provided
  • Cost is $3400 for 2 weeks of in lab, personalized training


APPLICATIONS FOR 2024 will open in January!
Rolling Admission cycle will close June 1st, 2024

Limited to 24 students

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Summer Research Program for High School Students

Summer research students will use BioBuilder content to launch independent biodesign and bioengineering projects.

Held in BioBuilder’s Learning Lab, a state-of-the-art bioengineering lab inside Ginkgo Headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District.

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Accelerate to college and careers in science

“BioBuilder was the first experience where I could take all the concepts I had learned and apply them to a project where I could define the problem and also what aspect I wanted to solve.”

Hear more from Jacob, BioBuilder High School Research Student 2020, now bioengineering major at Rice University >>

Jacob participated in BioBuilder’s Summer Research Program as part of InGenius Prep.

About BioBuilder

BioBuilder taps into the potential of high school students and their teachers to be world changers. We do this by teaching them to build with biology. DNA is the programming language for a cell, instructing it to make things that can mitigate climate change, alleviate food insecurity, and produce renewable energy and clean water. BioBuilder’s roots are in the undergraduate major for Biological Engineering at MIT, and was organized as an independent nonprofit in 2011 thanks to support from MIT and the National Science Foundation. We provide openly accessible lessons, hands-on laboratory content, and novel problem-based learning modules. BioBuilder has emerged as a national model for education, making a substantial impact in secondary and post-secondary schools in nearly every state and in 55 countries.


Spark Student Entrepreneurship

“Thinking back at that BioBuilder experience, it was the first time my entrepreneurship spirit was awakened”

Hear more from Tian, BioBuilder High School Research Student 2017, graduate of Georgetown University >>

Tian participated in BioBuilder’s Summer Research Program as part of InGenius Prep.