We recently helped out with a new public engagement activity called ‘Building with Biology’! Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and based at the Museum of Science in Boston, Building with Biology is a program designed to promote conversations between the public and scientists about synthetic biology.
As part of the project, we have been working with our favorite science museum, the Sciencenter in Ithaca to develop a card game called ‘Microbe Match’. Microbe Match gets kids and their parents talking about synthetic biology in a fun card game that can be played like memory or go fish. The cards contain pictures and information about what microbes do, how we can engineer them and how engineered microbes may really help us tackle some big problems facing the world. It also makes kids realize how awesome microbes are!
We recently demoed Microbe Match and a range of other activities in a SynBio Day at the Sciencenter. The plan is to further develop and distribute these activities to over 200 sites nationwide in 2016 so look for these activities near you!
Here are Sarai and Eric inspiring the next generation of synthetic biologists!