Introducing Bioengineering in Kindergarten
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Bioengineering is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary STEM field at the forefront of scientific progress, combining the fields of engineering and microbiology to create biologically-based solutions to real-world problems. Young children (ages 5-7 years) are at a critical age to explore the world around them through a multidisciplinary lens, and educational advances in other domains (e.g. engineering, technology, computer science) have shown that children as young as age 4 are capable of learning core concepts of bioengineering. In this National Science Foundation-funded project (NSF Grant No. IIS-1563932), DevTech has partnered with Wellesley College’s Human Computer Interaction Lab to develop a suite of tools for ages K-12 to explore foundational concepts of synthetic biology. CRISPEE is a tangible, developmentally-appropriate tool to introduce children to foundational concepts of bioengineering. Our current CRISPEE prototype is modeled on the real-world CRISPR/Cas-9 gene editing system, and allows children to play with genetic programs to solve problems
In addition to developing CRISPEE, our team is currently creating curricular resources, including lesson plans with best-practice recommendations for exploring bioengineering, a storybook to introduce children to the CRISPEE tool, and a series of short videos and mini-games to reinforce key scientific concepts of genetics and heredity.
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CRISPEE is currently being piloted in informal and formal education settings in the Greater Boston area! To learn about opportunities to have your child(ren) play-test our prototypes, visit our Learn With Us page.