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Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero

April 12, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am PDT

 - $80.00
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What You'll Do:

A 10-class online course to learn the basics of biotechnology and genetic engineering!

This biotechnology class will help you to discover what biotechnology is, and how to use it to make new and exciting things. You’ll even try your hand at genetic engineering, no prior knowledge necessary!

Already, biotechnology affects more than a billion people every year and is a core part of our society. Yet, only a small fraction of the population understands and can use it to help solve the world’s biggest problems; from fuel to food to medicine, all the way to new sustainable, and exciting materials.

Whether you are looking to explore the potential of biotechnology as a maker, wanting to see if a career path in biotechnology is right for you, or even gain some biotechnology teaching skills yourself, this course will help you reach your goal! Each student will learn the fundamentals of biotechnology and apply them in their own hands-on experiments using the class materials. From making bio-art to engineering bacteria with the DNA from sea creatures to seeing DNA in real life, you’ll have the chance to ask your questions, problem-solve and discuss biotechnology applications, ethics and impacts. Join this class to complete your Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero learning Journey alongside your peers!

As part of this class, learners will have the chance to flex their existing making skills, from programming to crafting, by building their own incubator, improving on the designs, and exploring the world of bio-electronics and lab equipment as part of an optional personal project.

Class Overview (subject to change to include discussions, lines of questioning from participants, and project reviews.)

Class 1

What is Biotechnology?

Class 2

DNA, The Blueprint of Life!

Hands-on activity: DNA extraction Experiment

Class 3

Biosafety, Responsible Science & You!
Hands-on Activity: Biosafety & Lab Setup

Class 4

Microorganisms for Biotechnology: Part 1

Hands-on Activity: Part 1 of the Canvas Kit Experiment.

Class 5

Microorganisms For Biotechnology: Part 2

Hands-on Activity: Part 2 of the Canvas Kit Experiment.

Class 6

Genetic Engineering: Microfacturing Step 1

Hands-on Activity: Canvas Kit Results and Engineer-it Kit Experiment Part 1

Class 7

Genetic Engineering: Microfacturing Step 2

Hands-on Activity: Engineer-it Kit Experiment Part 2

Class 8

Genetic Engineering: Microfacturing Step 3
Hands-on Activity: Engineer-it Kit Experiment Part 3

Class 9

Genetic Engineering:

Hands-on Activity: Engineer-it Kit Experiment Results and Inactivation Procedure

Class 10

Biotechnology & you – Ask a scientist

What’s next?

Skill Level:

For anyone aged 12+ (under 16 yo will need minimal adult-supervision/help during clean-up) No prior skills or knowledge necessary

Skills you will learn:

Biosafety, Bioethics, Growing bacteria, Making agar petri dishes, Streaking bacteria, Genetic Engineering bacteria, making living art with bacteria, inactivating samples, aseptic technique, general basic microbiology and biotechnology skills. All bacteria and resources used in this class are safe to use at-home and in a school/makerspace. All materials are rated Biosafety level 1 and can be used freely in North America. Learn more about Safe Science at http://amino.bio/practicesafescience

A kit is required for this program:

Get Kit Here

What You'll Need:


  • Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Home pack (Ch 1-4) (Select the option with a book, & mini safety set) and thermometer.  (from Amino Labs - www.amino.bio)
  • Optional: DNA Playground minilab (from Amino Labs - www.amino.bio - if you chose to get the DNA Playground, you won't need to build your own incubator, and therefore won't need the thermometer, lightbulb, lamp, and plastic containers).

Items from your house:

  • Incandescent light bulb and desk lamp.
  • 2 Plastic containers (like a yogurt container)
  • Cleaning supplies (chlorinated cleaner spray or wipes (e.g. Chlorox) or standard chlorinated bleach
  • For class # 2: a soft fruit like a strawberry and isopropyl alcohol 70% or higher
  • Access to a Google Chrome browser & internet connection
  • Students must be able to attend all sessions as the knowledge and skills gained in earlier classes becomes necessary for later classes

Have any questions about the Amino Labs material you need or the items from the hours? Contact course leader Julie -> makewithbiology @ amino.bio

All materials are rated Biosafety level 1 and can be used freely in North America. Learn more about Safe Science at http://amino.bio/practicesafescience

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About the Facilitator:

As a Human-Centered Designer, Julie works to translate scientific and technological innovations for public acceptance, crafting experiences and products that invite culture shifts. She has taught at Birmingham’s Institute of Art and Design (UK) and worked with multi-nationals, museums, and pop stars to develop smart materials, wearable technologies, and interactive art.

Julie holds a Master of Science from the M.I.T. Media Lab (USA), a Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art (UK), and degrees in Design, Technology and Arts from Concordia University (Canada). She is a proud fellow of the Coaching Fellowship program for Extraordinary Young Women Leaders of Impact, Biotechnology faculty at Singularity University Canada and the Founder and CEO of Amino Labs (www.amino.bio), the company pioneering accessible biotechnology in the home and school.


April 12, 2021 - April 23, 2021
9:30 am - 11:30 am PDT
Series Details:
10 daily sessions starting on April 12, 2021
Age Range:
18 and up14-1812-14
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18 and up, 14-18, 12-14


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