The Project Development Studio was created for teams of high school students who want to design biotechnologies that might change the world. Differing from years past, we've repurposed the resources from our BioBuilderClub program to provide follow on support to teams who want to further pursue their BioBuilderClub or Idea Accelerator projects. The PDS provides students with the ability to connect with like-minded students, and develop skills in project planning and execution, professional level research and communication, and can be a wonderful way to explore careers in bioengineering.
This program is intended for high school teams who have either:
Completed the Idea Accelerator series, OR
Participated in previous years as a BioBuilderClub team.
The Development Studio provides teams with:
Ten (10) hours of consultation and feedback on project ideas and assistance with continuation of the design process, from a dedicated Expert Consultant (a practicing bioengineer from the BioBuilder network);
An electronic copy of the BioBuilder textbook;
The opportunity to present their work through the virtual Final Assembly, and an opportunity to document their work in BioBuilder’s Project Library.
Teachers/leaders may register as many project teams as they wish, but each project team must be registered seperately. For each project team you will need to provide their BioDesign topic area, the number of students on the team, and a list of all the students on the team.
After registering project team(s), teachers/leaders will recieve a PDS Student Registration link that each individual student must complete to finalize enrollment in the Project Development Studio.
Teams will deliver pre-recorded video or audio presentations of their completed projects and their ideation and research process at the virtual Final Assembly (to be held in early-spring 2021).
Teams may opt to pursue publication of their work in BioTreks, an online peer-reviewed synthetic biology journal for high school students.
**BioBuilder is committed to making our life-changing curriculum accessible for all students. We are offering the Project Development Studio at NO COST to those schools where 50% or more of the student population is eligible for free lunch (as reported on https://www.publicschoolreview.com/).**
The Project Development Studio will be offered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Teams may request to join at any time between these dates: