Building with Biology Blog

Building with Biology at the Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana

Synthetic or real vanilla—which tastes better? Guests at the Joseph Moore Museum’s, a community museum at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Building with Biology event had the opportunity to taste and decide for themselves while learning about bioengineered food. More opportunities to explore and discuss synthetic biology awaited inside the museum where students and faculty set out to engage public and scientists in questions of bioengineering.

Building with Biology at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in

Over the last few years, Spencer Glantz, a bioengineering PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, has helped to grow and advise the Penn iGEM team, worked with museum educators at The Franklin Institute to develop prototype activities for Building with Biology, and volunteered at the Institute’s public Building with Biology event in summer 2016.

BosLab hosts first Building with Biology event in Somerville, Massachusetts


Boston Open Science Laboratory (BosLab) is a community lab located in Somerville, Massachusetts dedicated to science outreach and offers educational seminars, workshops, and hands-on molecular biology classes for the public. In September 2016, we held two Building with Biology events: a hands-on activity and public forum event. As a community lab, we were excited to join universities, museums, and other educational organizations nationwide in this public engagement project focused on synthetic biology.