Resources for Biotinkering
The Tech has been doing R&D since 2016 to identify, establish, and refine an array of biological systems that allow novices to tinker with biology. The resources on this page are meant to help others get started with biotinkering, either by replicating our experiences or by using them as a starting point or their own explorations.
We have created three activity formats designed for different venues or operational contexts. Explore the formats and mix and match as you find useful! Depending on your location or audience, a full science center program might not be the right entry point for your biotinkering journey. Try our other activity formats instead for an easier entry point and more accessible materials.
Bio-Making and Genetics Activities
These activities leverage real biological systems to grow or create tangible products. The science and underlying concepts pull heavily from the emerging worlds of biodesign, biofabrication, and biomaterials.
Design and create colorful string using biological building blocks from seaweed.
Harvest, tinker and create art with color-changing pigment produced by a living thing.
Making with Microbes
Collaborate with tiny living organisms to design, mix, and grow a biomaterial.
These activities combine art and biology to engage participants in creative ways. The science and underlying concepts pull largely from the fields of genetics, evolution, and bioinformatics.
Ancient DNA Stories
Uncover the stories of people who lived thousands of years ago using DNA.
Create, organize, and structure data to explore patterns of heredity.
This work was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).