Super Organisms
Credit: Emily Maletz

Super Organisms

This is a hands-on Building with Biology activity. Visitors learn about the ways synthetic biologists can solve problems through creativity and the engineering process. Visitors are first challenged to design a superhero (by attaching cut-out features to a paper template, or by drawing them on) to rescue a person falling from a tall building. Then, visitors use that same creative engineering process to design a single-celled organism to clean up an oil spill. Participants discuss why they chose the features they did, and how designing a superhero is similar to or different from designing a microorganism.


Learning Goals

  • Synthetic biologists solve problems by applying engineering principles to living materials.
  • Synthetic biology uses the engineering design process.
  • Synthetic biology is interconnected with society.

Last updated: May 20, 2016