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BioBots (BioMakers Workshop)
Jan/06 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–02:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 01:00PM–04:00PM

The BioMakers IAP Google Calendar (Check for Updates)

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4 pm starting Jan 6th (+ Friday session 1/14 1-2 PM)

Workshop Contact: Rachel Shen (rs2000@mit.edu), biomakers-exec@mit.edu 

Description:  Biological robots, or biobots, use living cells to sense, process, and respond to their environments. The BioBots workshop is a workshop that meets twice a week during IAP in which students make rings of muscle tissue that are able to generate a force around a soft skeleton. This is a great way to learn more about tissue culture.

 

Biocementing with Microbes (BioMaker Workshop)
Jan/12 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/17 Mon 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/24 Mon 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/26 Wed 01:00PM–04:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 01:00PM–04:00PM

Description: This workshop introduces students to the process of biocementing with microbes. Today, the production of cement for concrete accounts for 8% of global CO2 emissions. Microbially Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation (MICP) is a promising biocement alternative. The process makes use of microbes to catalyze calcium carbonate crystals that can bind aggregate together.

 

In this workshop, you will learn lab protocols for using the bacteria to biocement aggregate including cultivating the microbe, preparing solutions to induce crystal formation, and biocementing loose sand. We will test different experimental parameters to characterize and optimize the process as well as 3d printing custom designs to make your own fun biocemented sample!

 

More info

 

For more information email lmzalez@mit.edu andcurth@mit.edu

Sign-up Deadline: December 30

 

Introduction to CRISPR (BioMakers Workshop)
Jan/17 Mon 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/19 Wed 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 03:00PM–05:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 03:00PM–05:00PM

Schedule: 2 hour sessions (Jan 17th, Jan 19th, Jan 25th, Jan 27th in the afternoon 3 pm - 5 pm). Only sign-up for one session!

Workshop Contact: Ellie Feng, Kenneth Wei, Angela Gao, Abigail Lo (ellief@mit.edu, kewei@mit.edu, angao@mit.edu, abbylo@mit.edu)

 

Description: An introductory workshop to DNA editing in E. coli using CRISPR/Cas9. Participants will learn the basic mechanism of CRISPR and then transform E. coli with plasmids containing elements of the CRISPR/Cas9 system and observe results!

 

 

iGEM Infosession
Jan/11 Tue 07:00PM

A ~1 hour info session about iGEM and how MIT students can get involved for the 2022 season. Learn more at https://biomakers.mit.edu/igem/ or email ellief@mit.edu and angao@mit.edu