Real synthetic biology research is still the proverbial hen's tooth of high school experiences, for a lot of reasons. So I was astonished to read this article in the Frederick News Post (http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/education/education_topics/learning/frederick-students-brew-homemade-genes/article_bfb18e79-f3cf-502f-8a20-2bfc4e94684a.html) about not one, but three high school bioengineering clubs holding a mini symposium presenting their synthetic biology research. One of these clubs is the only Maryland high school team in last year's iGEM competition! (http://2014hs.igem.org/Main_Page) Well, we are very pleased to announce that these three clubs will present at BUGSS to discuss their plans for engineering innovative biologic systems.
Frederick High School presents "Engineering an anaerobic fluorescent protein to monitor bacterial growth in microbial fuel cells"
Tuscarora High School presents "Manufacturing galectin coated cellulose membranes to protect Chesapeake Bay oyster beds from the deadly Perkinsus marinus pathogen"
Middletown High School presents "Using the pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide (PBAN) to protect honey bee populations from invasive insect pests."
This should be of interest to anyone in education generally, as we try to understand whats going on out there to cause all this marvelous activity. Event is FREE, but consider donating.
Also, space is very limited, so please be sure and RSVP.