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12.15.18_Kids Who Clone: What a Colorful World Workshop (Participant)


BioBuilder Learning Lab
700 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
Room Number: @LabCentral


We live in a colorful world. Ever wonder what gives a butterfly its blue spots or a lizard its red stripes? In this lab, students will learn about natural and synthetic pigments, specifically focusing on the biological pathways used by E. coli to create purple and green pigments. Students will learn how to do simple bacterial transformation and explore how introducing or omitting different components of a genetic circuit can alter color. Discussion will emphasize how control samples affect data analysis. Students will also be encouraged to think creatively about experimental design and about how to modify existing genetic circuits for future use.

Intended Age Group: 10-14 years old

Required background: Some understanding of cells and cell function. A working knowledge about DNA as the coding language of cells. Familiarity with a laboratory environment is helpful but not required.

When registering, please enter the name of the participant as it should appear on a name badge. A separate link is provided for chaperones, who must register but not as a paying attendee. Chaperones may register at

LabCentral does not offer free parking. There is very limited meter parking on Main Street and other adjacent streets. Visitors are encouraged to use the MBTA. LabCentral is a half mile walk directly down Main Street from the Kendall Square/MIT Station on the Red Line and a half mile walk down Mass Ave to Main Street from the Central Square Station on the Red Line. 

A minimum of 10 attendees will be needed to run this workshop.

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