• Summer 2016 Building with Biology Events

    Browse partner highlights to read about the exciting and creative Building with Biology events and forums hosted around the U.S. View partner highlights

  • Building with Biology digital kit

    Now Available! Building with Biology digital kit

    Access the digital files for the Building with Biology physical kit, including planning and promotional, orientation and training, and educational materials. View digital kit contents

  • A way forward with gene editing

    Over the past decade, huge advances in gene-editing techniques have enabled researchers to slice up and rewrite DNA with incredible precision. The potential uses are vast. And so are the ethical quandaries. Read the article

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    Building with Biology 2016 physical kit recipients

    Over 160 science centers and organizations have been awarded a physical kit to support their Summer 2016 Building with Biology Events, which will include hands-on activities and forums that foster conversations about synthetic biology between scientists and the public. See list of kit recipients!

  • Introduction to Synthetic Biology and Society

    Video: Introduction to Synthetic Biology and Society

    Designed to help create conversations between scientists and publics about the emerging field of synthetic biology and its societal implications. Watch now

  • News: The problem with vanilla

    Vanilla is one of the world's most popular flavors but less than 1% of it comes from a fully natural source. Over the last century, chemists have created imitation vanilla made of vanillin. Read the article

  • News: Gene-edited cells keep babies with cancer alive

    Two babies rescued from previously incurable leukemia after receiving infusions of gene-edited immune cells are doing well at home more than a year after initial treatment. Read full article

Activities and Conversations About Synthetic Biology

Engaging publics and scientists at 200 sites nationwide

The Building with Biology project is a community of informal science educators, researchers, and scientists dedicated to developing innovative resources, practices and processes to build the capacity of the field to use public engagement with science (PES) activities to extend STEM learning about science, technology, and societal implications through public and scientist dialogue about synthetic biology. Through collaboration with informal science education (ISE) institutions and partnering scientists, a physical Building with Biology kit of hands-on activities and programs has been developed to create conversations among publics and scientists about synthetic biology. During the summer of 2016, two-hundred (200) sites nationwide participated in Building with Biology events and conversations.

Building with Biology 2016 physical kit recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the Building with Biology 2016 physical kit!  View the list of kit recipients here

Online workshops and project orientations

To help support Summer 2016 Building with Biology event host sites, we offered several online professional development opportunities for host site staff, volunteers, and scientists. Online workshops provided an overview on public forums, the contents in the Building with Biology physical kit, and event and forum evaluations. Project orientations, led by project partner the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), helped scientists learn the context for the Building with Biology project, prepare scientists to approach the hands-on activities as conversations and opportunities to learn from visitors, and the importance of bringing this topic to the public discussion. Orientation also allowed scientists a chance to network and ‘meet’ other project volunteers!

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