Team:Saint Joseph/Education




We wanted to present the magnificent world of iGEM to a smaller age group; therefore, we made an online presentation to 8th Grade students of ALEV schools on synthetic biology and genetics. We attempted to widen their horizon by introducing the applications of synthetic biology and show that the “science fiction” of yesterday is the “reality” of today. At the end of the session, we were delighted to have completed a brief education session for future scientists and have potentially inspired them to engage in scientific communities.

The presentation topics included the structure of chromosomes and biochemical information on nucleotides. As the biology topics of the national high school entrance exam for 8th graders include basic knowledge on DNA structure and its monomer, students seemed to be pleased to be trained on this topic by their elder peers.
Moreover, we fostered their biology knowledge by introducing them to the current applications and advances of the synthetic biology area. Additionally, we informed the students on the future of genetic engineering, such as the production of crops that can survive in extreme conditions and examination of gene functions.

A slide from the presentation

Firefly + Plant = A glowing plant

In addition, we introduced them to our project and how it can be used for a sustainable world. We presented statistical data on paper towel usage and the necessity of a solution to eliminating this waste. Finally, we discussed applications in various situations of cellulase enzymes.

Veysel Vardal

We are highly sensitive to inclusion policies; henceforth, we visited Veysel Vardal School for visually impaired students to demonstrate that science is for everyone, and physical impairments should not be considered as an obstacle against scientific advances. We gave a lecture to enthusiastic students on synthetic biology and made models using labels for visual impairment.

To begin with, we made a presentation on the current applications of synthetic biology and the future of genetic engineering. We are glad that we have introduced them to the world of synthetic biology.

Finally, we discussed our project and how it can be implemented in different conditions.