Building with Biology

Activities and Conversations about Synthetic Biology

Discover cutting-edge research in the field of synthetic biology during Building with Biology on Saturday, Sept. 17! Guests of all ages are invited to engage in these special hands-on activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • See DNA: Extract visible DNA from wheat germ and create yarn necklaces to display your own sample of wheat germ DNA.
  • Super Organisms: Learn about the ways synthetic biologists can solve problems through creativity and the engineering process. Design a superhero cut-out and find out how it’s similar to or different from designing a microorganism.
  • VirEx Delivery: Explore the potential for engineered viruses to deliver beneficial, targeted genetic information to sites throughout the body. Create a model of the technology by combining multiple strands of yarn (DNA) and placing them in containers.
  • …and much more!

The Building with Biology project is funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the Museum of Science, Boston. Building with Biology kits are developed and distributed nationwide in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), BioBuilder Educational Foundation, the National Informal STEM Education Network, Science Museum of Minnesota, Sciencenter, and Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc). Events are taking place at over 150 museums and institutions throughout the country from June to September, 2016.

Building with Biology is included with general admission and is free for members.