ERIC Number: EJ919417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Experiential Engineering through iGEM--An Undergraduate Summer Competition in Synthetic Biology
Mitchell, Rudolph; Dori, Yehudit Judy; Kuldell, Natalie H.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v20 n2 p156-160 Apr 2011
Unlike students in other engineering disciplines, undergraduates in biological engineering typically have limited opportunity to develop design competencies, and even fewer chances to implement their designed projects. The international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition is a student Synthetic Biology competition that, in 2009, included 110 teams from across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the US. Working at their own schools over the summer, the students use a kit of biological parts from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, as well as new parts of their own design, to build biological systems that operate in living cells. Two years of survey data collected from undergraduates after their iGEM experiences in 2007 and 2008 suggest that both learning and identity as a biological engineer increase as a result of iGEM.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Competition, Biology, Engineering, Foreign Countries, Laboratories, Science Education, Summer Programs, Research Design, Genetics, Undergraduate Students, Data Collection, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; United States