Building with Biology: Activities and Conversations About Synthetic Biology
New in 2018
From the Building with Biology website: "The Building with Biology project team has received supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a new public forum on human genome editing called Editing our Evolution: Rewriting the Humane Genome." Visit the Building with Biology website for more information.
The Public Engagement with Science Guide is designed to help staff at informal science education organizations, and others who are interested, to develop, implement, and evaluate activities and events that incorporate the multi-directional dialogue and mutual learning at the heart of public engagement with science.
Engaging publics and scientists at 200 sites nationwide
The Building with Biology Project created a community of informal science educators, researchers and scientists dedicated to developing innovative resources, practices and processes to build the capacity of the field to use public engagement with science (PES) activities to extend STEM learning about science, technology and societal implications through public and scientist dialogue about synthetic biology.
Children participate in a Building with Biology activity. | Building with Biology
Through collaboration with informal science education institutions and partnering scientists, a physical Building with Biology kit of hands-on activities and programs was developed to create conversations among scientists and the public about synthetic biology. During the summer of 2016, 200 sites nationwide participated in Building with Biology events and conversations.
Tiffany Lohwater, with the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science, served as a co-principal investigator on the NSF-funded Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science project.
The synthetic biology public engagement project was funded the National Science Foundation (Grant Number DRL 1421179) and was led by:
- Museum of Science, Boston
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- BioBuilder Educational Foundation
- Science Museum of Minnesota
- Sciencenter, Ithaca
- Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc)