Team:Tongji China/HP/Gold Integrated

Tongji iGEM - HP Gold
Tongji iGEM
TongJi iGEM
HP Gold
Following is how we shared our passion for Synthetic Biology, collaborated with a local FabLab and developed learning material.

Campus Lectures

We wanted to let more and more people know about Synthetic Biology and iGEM. Since students are a curious group with a strong thirst for knowledge, so we went to Tieling Middle School and gave some talks on campus to students of different ages on the topic.
At the end of the talk we had time for some Q&A, and the students and their teachers asked a lot and shared their dreams with us.
We also surveyed them in order to know what they are interested in, and what is the best way for them to learn more about Synthetic Biology.

FabLab & Tongji_China

The FabLab Shanghai’s movement is closely aligned with the DIY and open source hardware movement, and shares philosophy as well as technology with them.
FabLab O Shanghai
S.T.E.A.M Education
We get established a long-term friendly relation of cooperation with the Shanghai FabLab, and we worked together on the BioBuildLab. We are now preparing a kit for STEAM Education with a simple and practical bio-toolbox and APP. We are thankful to Fablab Shanghai, which helped us with the industrial mapping and making the instruments.
We are developing an open source biological instrument which is low cost and much easier to operate. It may let more people do an experiment without being limited by the experimental environment or professional knowledge. The toolbox is in the making and is aimed at children, so it will be presented to primary schools and middle schools. The toolbox has been designed well and will enter the trial soon.
Designing the toolbox
Designing the toolbox
Laser cutter
Laser Cutting

In order to give a better user experience, we introduced our project and toolbox to students from the School of Design and got a lot advice on the user experience and possible new applications.
At the School of Design
At the School of Design

S.T.E.A.M education is very popular among students and parents, and many S.T.E.A.M education schools have been established. But we find that there are not many Biology classes in China, and they are also scarce around the world, so we want to design a Biology class firstly in China to let Synthetic Biology be known by more community members.
We have already contacted some high schools in Shanghai. They will add this course as an elective. Tieling High School will be the first experimental unit. We were happy to hear that schoolmasters have great interest in our course and will do our best to spread it.

This course focuses on the basic knowledge of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology. We also introduce Synthetic Biology to all the students and let them design their own engineered bacteria. We use a variety of methods to make esoteric theories much easier for them to understand:
We use building blocks to explain Synthetic Biology.
We use similar music to show what the variation is and how BLAST works.
And Fablab Shanghai will give them a mechanical course to lead them make simple pipettes.

We think firsthand experience plays the most important role in studying so we included biosafety and basic experiments for them.

Before the work mentioned above, we used a questionnaire survey to understand what the children and parents want in the class and what they can get from the toolbox. We collected and analyzed the data to consider the cost and improve our toolbox. We hoped our toolbox could influence more people. The supporting courses and the contents of the toolbox have changed thanks to the data to make it attractive to more people who might be interested in our toolbox and Synthetic Biology.

Following is part of the questionnaire, the sample size is 417:

Are you interested in learning more about Biology?

Do you think that your children (or if you have a child in the future) will need more extensive biological knowledge?

What kind of biological knowledge do you think your child can develop? [multiple choice]

Do you think a toolbox will help your children (or you) learn more about biology?

At what price would you buy this toolbox?
100元 ≈ 15$

Open Night Live
We held the 1st Open Night Live (ONLive) in Creative Square to spread some knowledge of Synthetic biology to our society. ONLive is an event open without invitation to everyone. The public can listen to lectures and express their ideas. ONLive focuses on simplifying knowledge and accurately spreading it to everyone. Beforehand, we advertised in the form of online advertising to propel the movement forward and let more people know about and join us. We gave lectures on Synthetic Biology and transgenic technology to people form the community and introduced our project.
We also invited a lot of designers and scholars to make comments in different ways and show their recent results. We had a live webcast to allow people who could not come to watch ONLive through the internet. We hope ONLive can be a great way for people without professional knowledge to learn more about Biology. In the Q&A section we also got a lot of good advice from the guests, who thought that our project would be useful for pest control, and that's the reason we selected this as our final project.

We also held the 2nd Open Night Live to show the iGEM teams in Shanghai and to give an opportunity to people to exchange ideas and ask questions to every iGEM member. It has been an honor for us to invite Fudan_China, Shanghaitech, STJU_BioX_Shanghai and ECUST to our ONLive. We were delighted to find out that there were students from other universities watching our LIVE and asking questions. There was even a girl who watched our 1st ONLive in UITC Hefei, which is far away from Shanghai, and came to ONLive to ask questions. Some audience members said something about what more can our project do. Some of the suggestions even made it into our projects (we thought they were reasonable). There was also a symposium among iGEM teams after the Live and we exchanged ideas. We also set up a webcast and gave ONLive to iGEM teams in other provinces.
Fudan China

Teaching is a pleasure

According to the questionnaire, more than half of the people interviewed want to learn more about Biology by playing games. So we designed the board game 'BIO-CREATOR'. In this game, players will act as a creator of the ecosystem and try to maintain its stability. Players can use Synthetic Biology method cards to strengthen their own ecosystem. We printed the scientifically accurate information on the back of the cards.
Ignis Fly

Tongji_China iGEM 2017 Team