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Survey of Farmers

To determine whether or not our diagnostic tool for Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis Virus would be used in the farming community, a survey was distributed to farmers throughout New England. For more information, please visit our Survey page.

Women in Science Day Camp

In July, we hosted 30 girls from the Women in Science Day Camp for an afternoon. This camp is designed to teach girls between the ages of 10 and 12 about science and engineering. To teach the girls about synthetic biology, we prepared 3 activities: a rainbow gel, a pollution sniff test, and a DNA paper puzzle. These activities are outlined in a curriculum so they can be used and adapted by others who are interested in giving a hands on lesson on synthetic biology.

Here is the full curriculum file.

Wachusett Regional High School Presentations

In August, we visited rising sophomores at the Science Project and Equipment Camp (SPeC) at Wachusett Regional High School. We spoke to them about synthetic biology and our iGEM project. In December, we will return to Wachusett to give our Jamboree talk to students in the Wachusett Science Seminar.

Intro to Biotechnology Lecture

In October, we prepared a lecture for students taking Intro to Biotechnology. We taught them about synthetic biology, introduced them to iGEM, and practiced our Jamboree talk. We hope that it sparked interest in the iGEM program for next year.

Biotech Club Lecture

We also practiced our Jamboree talk at a meeting for WPI’s Biotech Club in October. Afterward, we asked members of the club questions about our presentation and asked them to give us feedback.