A significant goal we set for our Partnership was to promote, as much as we could, the world of Synthetic Biology to people outside the field. We pursued different ways to share biology with the public. In this context, iGEM Patras held the SynBio Academy Podcast. We were really happy to receive an invitation from iGEM Patras to take part in one of their episodes. An episode regarding our project and our Partnership was recorded. To be more specific, we gave information about our diagnostic tool and why it could be important for people with Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. Moreover, we shared our experience concerning our Human Practices.
Apart from that, promoting Synthetic Biology to Junior High School students proved to be a great idea. So, a computer game was created using the Scratch program. We created two main characters who would embark on a Synthetic Biology journey. In their way, they come across different questions. Both Dry Lab subteams cooperated for the programming of the game. We worked together to find the best questions to get the students' attention and provide them with some helpful knowledge while keeping it fun!
Pathes' SynBio Adventures was designed for Junior High School students and specifically, there are different levels for each class. That does not mean anyone else can not enjoy it.
Why don't you check it out for yourselves?
In order to educate students about synthetic biology, we got in touch with the Experimental School of the University of Patras, the Experimental School of the University of Macedonia, and the Tutorial school for secondary education "Κytaro".
However, the most significant event that we organized together for Public engagement was "It's all about iGEM: A Synbio Day". This event took place in Thessaloniki and it was open to the public. What's iGEM Competition? How can someone join a team? What are the steps that need to be followed until the Giant Jamboree? What problems do iGEM Thessaloniki and iGEM Patras aim to solve through Synthetic Biology? These are only a few of the questions we tried to answer during our event. Through this event, our wet lab teams had the opportunity to raise our guests’ awareness about synthetic biology. After sharing our iGEM experiences, we noticed an increased interest in joining our next year's team. That was when we realized that our goal to inspire and motivate was accomplished.
All of these were made possible because we were able to maintain yearlong successful cooperation. Through our everyday work routine, we were working as a unified team! From having a great time at our Podcast, while organizing activities, educating students, and inspiring young people to embrace science, we are proud to say that we formed a strong Science Community in our respective areas.