• Announcing Supplemental Funding from NSF

    The Building with Biology project received supplemental funding from the NSF to develop new public forum about human genome editing. Read the full annoucement

  • Building with Biology digital kit

    Download the 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

  • Summer 2016 Building with Biology Events

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

  • 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

  • Synthetic biology news

    News: F.D.A recommends approval for gene-altering Leukemia treatment

    Pending approval, this would be the first type of gene therapy treatment for a type of leukemia to reach the U.S. market. Read full article

  • Synthetic biology news

    News: Should genetic engineering be used as a tool for conservation

    Synthetic biology has the ability, through applied engineering principles to species and biological systems, to eliminate invasive species or strengthening endangered ones, at a fraction of the cost of current methods.Read full article

Activities and Conversations About Synthetic Biology

Engaging publics and scientists 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, science centers and children's museums, universities, DIY bio labs, and iGEM teams nationwide hosted and participated in Building with Biology events.

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 professional development

To help support Summer 2016 Building with Biology event host sites, we offered several online workshops and project orientations 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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