IGEM Outreach:Exploring Synthetic Biology
Exploring Synthetic Biology
- Arizona State iGEM 2011
- Uses the Ethics in Synthetic Biology lesson plan from Cornell iGEM 2011
- High schools with access to a biotechnology lab
- AP Biology & Biotechnology classes (Grades 10-12)
A) Meeting One: (Biology/Biotechnology classes)
[Ready-to-use Presentation: http://prezi.com/bqt1cvldirvh/exploring-synthetic-biology-part-1/]
- Explain our reason for coming in and talking to the class
- Introduce the team and iGEM competition
- Ask some questions to the class (What interests you about biology? If you could create an organism to do anything you want, what would you make? etc.)
- Introduction to Synthetic Biology
- What is synbio?
- Why is it a relatively new field?
- Biobricks – what they are and why they’re useful
- Other resources (Journals, Scitables, etc)
- Talk about the High School division of the iGEM competition
- Talk about creating a biotechnology journal club that could turn into an iGEM team
B) Meeting Two:
- Cornell University’s Ethics in SynBio Lesson Plan
- Add in Colbert Report Interview - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as a multimedia aspect of the presentation
- Intro to the iGEM website, Parts Registry, and OWW
- Lab Safety in SynBio
C) Meeting Three (after high school students cover genetics):
- Ask students what kind of techniques they’ve used in their school labs during class
- Introduction to Techniques in SynBio
- Lab demonstration
- GFP transformation, etc.
Introductory Articles for High School Students
- Andrianantoandro, E., S. Basu, D. K. Karig, and R. Weiss. 2006. Synthetic biology: new engineering rules for an emerging discipline. Mol Syst Biol 2:2006 0028.
- Drubin, D. A., J. C. Way, and P. A. Silver. 2007. Designing biological systems. Genes Dev 21:242- 54.
- Endy, D. 2005. Foundations for engineering biology. Nature 438:449-453. 11.
- Heinemann, M., and S. Panke. 2006. Synthetic biology--putting engineering into biology. Bioinformatics 22:2790-2799.
- Marguet, P., F. Balagadde, C. Tan, and L. You. 2007. Biology by design: reduction and synthesis of cellular components and behaviour. J R Soc Interface 4:607-23.