Implementing beginner to advanced student-led biotechnology activities and learning in your school.

ScienceArtLearning Commons and Makerspaces
Half Day Symposium
12:30 PM, Thursday 13 Feb 2020 (23 hours 30 minutes)
Hyatt - Imperial 9
Division 3 - Grades 7-9Division 4 - Grades 10-12
Location : Hyatt - Imperial 9

This session happens in (2) 3-hour blocks over two days: 

Design Phase Thursday 13 12:30pm- 3:30pm

Outcomes Phase Friday 14 9:00am- 12:00pm

Roll up your sleeves, this STEAM workshop introduces teachers to the Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero learning journey which is applicable to general science class, biotechnology electives, AP biology, after school science clubs, high flyer students, students with science fair projects, and school maker spaces. The entire Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero journey is designed to take students from ages 12, with no prior molecular biology knowledge, to having a strong foundation of concepts and skills relating to the fundamentals of biology and how biology can be used as a technology.

A more in-depth session than "Implement beginner student-led biotechnology activities like bio-art and genetic engineering in your school!", this session happens in (2) 3-hour blocks over two days and includes exposure to both beginner introductory topics and hands-on exercises for the general student population, to advanced biotechnology topics that are fitting to biotechnology electives, AP biology, and after school programs including the iGEM competition.

Attendees will see that student-led hands-on activities, where the students do all the work, lessens the time burden on teachers, eliminate the need for prior laboratory experience, and enriches the student experience.

Attendees will get to do several Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero hands-on exercises to both experiences the logistics of implementing in the classroom, as well as experience what students will encounter as they complete parts of their learning journey. This session will conclude by providing attendees takeaways in the form of easy-to-use lesson guides (developed by so that teachers can bring back engaging activities to their classrooms. No prior biotechnology experience or laboratory experience required - if you can cook an egg, you can do biotechnology. Your school does not need to have a dedicated biotechnology lab space."


i) Experience how to introduce your students to the exciting world of biotechnology through engaging, student-led, and simple to deploy activities.

ii) Learn how vast biotechnology is integrated into our society today and how it will only become more prominent.

iii) Experience first-hand, through the Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero learning journey, how easy it is to bring biotechnology awareness, concepts and skill building into your classroom through activities like bioart, genetic engineering, extracting proteins from cells, controlling genes with lights or chemicals, and more.

iv) Attendees will hear about Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero use cases implemented around the world that may be relevant to their needs.

Amino Labs Symposium

Amino Labs is a design-driven company using lean startup methodologies to develop products based on real user feedback. Founded in 2017, Amino Labs spun out of the graduate research conducted by CEO Julie Legault during her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. With a mission to increase the accessibility of genetic engineering and make biology class fun and engaging for students aged 12+, Amino Labs is motivating the next generation of innovators using biology as a problem-solving tool. Driven by ground-breaking design and technology, the easy-to-use Amino Labs Educators Starter Kit pushes biotechnology beyond the expert market. For more information please visit

Amino Labs

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