Exhibits & Programs

Building With Biology

Activities and Conversations about Synthetic Biology.

Discover cutting-edge research in the field of synthetic biology at Pacific Science Center at Building with Biology on July 16. Guests of all ages are invited to engage in hands-on activities and community conversations with synthetic biology researchers.

Family-friendly activities will be offered from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. These activities will explore the basic concepts of synthetic biology facilitated by scientists in related fields. Design a “super organism” to solve a problem or extract DNA from wheat germ and discuss which future technologies they’d support.

Then, join an engaging community conversation from 3-4 p.m. that will explore the question, “Should we engineer the Mosquito?” where older guests can discuss with researchers the pros and cons of using synthetic biology to prevent diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and Zika virus. This conversation is recommended for guests 14 and older.

Building with Biology project is funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the Museum of Science, Boston. Building with Biology kits are developed and distributed nationwide in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), BioBuilder Educational Foundation, the National Informal STEM Education Network, Science Museum of Minnesota, Sciencenter, and Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc). Events are taking place at over 150 museums and institutions throughout the country from June to September, 2016.

Building with Biology is included with general admission to Pacific Science Center and is free for our Members.

Be part of a nationwide conversation and share your thoughts and ideas on this most important issue.

Event details:

11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Hands-on activities – Ackerley Family Exhibit Gallery
3–4 p.m.: Community Conversation, “Should We Engineer the Mosquito?” – Location at Pacific Science Center TBA

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