EDUCATION & PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
As an opportunity to save for our competition registration, and the help of our instructors, we were able to offer these courses.
Introduction to Biotechnology applied to Viruses
Graphing for publication of scientific research results using the R system.
Introduction to Bioinformatics: Concepts and Applications in Microbial Genetics
Reading, Writing and Presenting Scientific Articles
Pre-university preparation courses for the School of Medicine-UMSA
Open lab (Molecular Biology and Synthetic Biology)
The NutriGEM section had the objective of informing on social networks about the use of probiotics and the importance of science in our food. We developed a free webinar together with the "Comunidad Mujeres Cerveceras Bolivia", to teach the cultivation of probiotics with more than 1,200 views, 12 infographics were presented that had an average of 100 reactions and were shared an average of 40 times. NutriGEM is a prototype of entrepreneurship formed by our team to support fundraising by offering a nutritious alternative to the public, through cookies with designs alluding to scientific topics.
The CoviGEM sector was born from the need to combat the rampant misinformation circulating in social networks about different topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team members and volunteers started with the discussion of several of the most updated scientific articles with the aim of creating infographics. We decided to divide the information into two different areas, which we considered to be where most false information was being spread:
- Communication: In charge of debunking false information about COVID in general.
- Vaccines: Where we explained all the processes behind the development of the vaccines that arrived in our country.
The infographics were made in Spanish because we wanted to maximize the impact of our publications in the population of our country and, taking advantage of the reach of our social networks, in other regions of Latin America.
We produced 2 versions of each infographic following different approaches, one technical/scientific aimed at specialized audiences and other simplified and accessible aimed at the general public.
Our statistics show that each infographic had an average of 50 reactions, were shared 24 times and had a reach of 2843 people.
Its main objective is to spread biotechnology from scientific articles and share opinions about them, based on interesting and controversial topics, through social networks of iGem Bolivia, to reach the general public, and develop the culture of reading papers in our country.
In each session a color of Biotechnology is presented, for example the first session was green biotechnology, and experts in different areas are presented as well as students from universities of various careers, not only from Bolivia, but also from other country
During 2020 and because of the world pandemic, a group of initiatives that works with STEAM topics, developed the idea of making support videos for young people from 15-18 years. The iGEM Bolivia team collaborated with 40 episodes for Biology and included topics of genetics, microorganisms and found new talents to present them. Liga STEAM has developed more than 500 educational support videos.
These videos are currently being transmitted by the country's telecommunications agency called ABE and are free and available at the Youtube channel from iGEM Bolivia and Liga STEAM.