iGEM Outreach in Schools

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Earlier this month, the iGEM York Outreach team has organised workshops aiming to teach children with ages between 6 and 9 years old about bacteria and synthetic biology. The children, studying at the “Victor Valcovici” primary school in Galati, Romania, have learnt how genetically modified bacteria can help us solve some of the difficult problems that the world is facing nowadays, and have each designed their own “Superhero Bacteria”, using the activity packs prepared by the iGEM Team.

 

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The kids were very receptive and ingenious, their ideas – some more realistic than others – ranging from using fluorescent bacteria as a compass to creating scented bacteria that can be used in the production of bio-perfumes.

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Herobacteria
“My bacteria produces lots of heat, and we can use it instead of radiators.”

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Bacteriseed
“My bacteria can produce nutrients for plants to feed on.”

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The disease exterminator
“My bacteria finds bad bacteria in the human body and exterminates it.”

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Septocaldonison
“My bacteria produces heat.”

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“My bacteria eats pollution and cleans the water from lakes and rivers.”

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“My bacteria’s superpower is that it smells really nice. We can use it instead of perfume.”

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Luminodirectionator
“My bacteria is fluorescent and acts like a compass.”

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Speedman
“My bacteria is very fast. It has fimbriae, which help it cling to bad bacteria and destroy it.”

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Motorbacterius
“My bacteria can produce fuel for car engines.”

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Rescue Bacteria
” My bacteria can save people by extinguishing fire.”

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Twinkle
“My bacteria is fluorescent. It can stick to trees and rocks and show you where the North is.”

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“My bacteria cures cancer by killing cancer cells.”

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CLAIR (CLeanAIR)
“My bacteria feeds on pollution and cleans the air.”

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The children especially enjoyed learning how to use a microscope.

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