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Biomakerlab

NSF Awards: 1623018

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

We introduce making with biology, or biomaking, in which students can engineer—or design—bacteria and use them as tools for designing new applications. The example featured in the video shows students modifying bacteria to become environmental pollutant detectors. We also have designed a prototype of a low-cost portable device, called biomakerlab, that high school students can use in their classrooms to grow other applications such as color pigments for logo designs or producing Vitamin A in yeast to enrich food. In early 2019, we will release open-source instructions for others to build their own biomakerlab and a project guide of biomaking activities for use in classrooms or workshops.

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