Genes in Space: A Free Experimental Design Contest from miniPCR Bio

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 4-6pm

Virtual, Zoom

Application closed on September 6, 2020. Interested in joining our live meeting or watching the recording? Email bcse.northwestern.edu to recieve more information. 

Facilitators: Ally Huang, Katy Martin, Mary Clark, Suzanne Fetherling, Natalie Bueno, Emily Ferrin, and Ashley Walter

The Baxter Center is excited to partner with miniPCR to bring you the Baxter Box @ Home: Genes in Space program. Through this interactive virtual workshop, teachers will learn strategies for integrating Genes in Space into the classroom and familiarize themselves with the same tools astronauts use to carry out Genes in Space experiments on the ISS. 

Genes in Space invites middle and high school students to design DNA experiments for space - no fee or hands-on lab work required! Winners launch their experiments to the International Space Station (ISS), and all participants engage in self-guided experimental design at the cutting edge of space biology.

By participating in the program you will:

  • Get the materials and equipment delivered to you to try out at home. You will receive materials for a hands-on demonstration of the BioBits cell-free gene expression system, a tool newly available to support student investigations on the ISS.
  • Plan with a community of educators plus miniPCR and Baxter Center staff to reflect on how activities can be brought back to their virtually and/or in-person classroom.
  • Earn CEUs for participating!

BioBits offers a way to probe genetics concepts without the need to grow and maintain living cells - a useful capability on the ISS or in the classroom. We'll conclude by exploring how cell-free gene expression and other molecular technologies can enhance the learning of space science, human genetics, agriculture, environmental science, and forensics. Apply by September 6, 2020!

 

Schedule



September 6th

Application Due 

Application closed on September 6, 2020. 

September 10th

Applications accepted

Applicants who are accepted in the program will be notified by September 10, 2020.

September 14th-18th

Baxter Box Drop-off

You will receive materials for a hands-on demonstration of the BioBits cell-free gene expression system, a tool newly available to support student investigations on the ISS.

September 29th

Genes in Space Workshop

Through this interactive virtual workshop, teachers will learn strategies for integrating Genes in Space into the classroom and familiarize themselves with the same tools astronauts use to carry out Genes in Space experiments on the ISS. 

October 3th

Baxter Box Pick-up 

Please email any questions and/or comments to bcse@northwestern.edu.