Portions of this NSF Collaborative award supports science outreach classes at SoundBioLab, a non-profit, community-supported, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biology laboratory located in Seattle, Washington.  This program offers introductory biology and biotechnology classes to students of any age at a discounted rate.

SoundBio, supported by the SBOL team, recently held a science outreach event to provide hands-on and engaging science activities and lessons to elementary school kids at Sacajawea Boys & Girls Club. As child care program, Sacajawea serves youth ages 5-12 in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. We thought this would be a great opportunity to bring science directly to children as well as partner with an amazing child care program.

Because of the wide range of ages, we decided to split the students into 2 groups: grades 1-3 and grades 4-5. This allowed us to provide a more customized lesson based on the students’ scientific understanding and capabilities. With 8 SoundBio volunteers and 4 Sacajawea staff members, 39 students received lessons about camouflage, ears & soundwaves, microscopes, and DNA.

During the Ears & Soundwaves lesson, 1-3 graders got to learn about different ear shapes found in nature and how soundwaves travel. During the activity students got to design their own ears! This resulted in some pretty spectacular designs.

The same students then learned about why animals hide and how it helps them. The students looked at pictures of different animals using camouflage in their natural environment. Then, using patterned paper as the background the kids cut out animal shapes and colored them to create camouflage!

The older students in grades 4-5 participated in the Microscope Exploration and DNA Extraction lessons.

During the Microscope Exploration lesson, students learned about how microscopes help scientists see objects that are invisible to the naked eye. Students then used the microscope to look at the structures of common items like table salt and onion cells. Finally, each student was challenged to make their own slides using cardboard and tape.

During the final lesson, students learned about traits, genes, and DNA. Students were asked to identify different inheritable traits like eye color, ear shape, and tongue rolling. We then connected these traits with genes and DNA. To support the lesson, students extracted DNA from strawberries using teamwork and measuring skills to create a DIY DNA extraction solution.

This was a fantastic event! The students and volunteers were engaged and had fun learning about science. Additionally, each student was given a handout to take home and continue the discussion of science with their parents and siblings in an effort to broaden this event to the larger community.

For more information about this program, buzz on over to SoundBioLab Membership at SoundBioLab.

Below is a list of outreach events that SBOL has been involved in to educate the community about SBOL and its capability.

EventsDate (YYYY/DD/MM)LocationPresenter(s)
SEED 20182018/3-7/06JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Jacob Beal, Kevin Clancy, Ernst Oberortner: Software for Synthetic Biology Workflows Workshop
2nd SBOL Developer’s Workshop2017/11/08University of Pittsburgh, PA
Jacob Beal: Introduction to SBOL
Chris Myers: Introduction to libSBOLj and sboljs
Bryan Bartley: Introduction to libSBOL and pySBOL
IWBDA 20172017/8-10/08University of Pittsburgh, PA
Bryan Bartley: Mapping Genetic Design Space with Phylosemantics
Nicholas Roehner: Large-Scale Genetic Design: Moving From Designs to Design Spaces
Tramy Nguyen: Standard Enabled Model Generator for Genetic Circuit Design
Meher Samineni: A Test Suite for Compliance Testing of Software Support for the Synthetic Biology Open Language
SEED 2017 2017/20-23/06Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Chris Myers: A Synthetic Biology Workflow Using SBOL
SB7.0 2017/13-16/07National University of Singapore, Singapore
Anil Wipat: Foundational Engineering
Living Computing Project2017/12/05Boston University, MA, US
Chris Myers: Data Management Workflow
EMBL-EBI 2017/02/05European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom
Anil Wipat: The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) and recent developments in tools and repositories
The 8th International Symposium of
Innovative BioProduction Kobe (iBioK)
2017/2-3/02Kobe University Centennial Hall in Japan
Anil Wipat: Enabling synthetic biology workflows using biological data standards
IET/SynBioCIte2016/13-15/12Savoy Palace, London, UK
Anil Wipat: The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) – an enabling standard for synthetic biology workflows
IWBDA 20162016/16-18/08Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Zach Zundel: A Web-Based Validator and Validation API for the Synthetic Biology Open Language
Michael Zhang: SBOLDesigner 2.0
Matthew Pocock: ShortBOL: A shorthand for SBOL
1st SBOL Developer’s Workshop2016/15/08Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Anil Wipat: Overview of SBOL
Jake Beal: SBOL Visual
Chris Myers: SBOL Data Model
James McLaughlin: SBOLStack / SBOL Shorthand / VisBOL
Michael Zhang: SBOLDesigner / iBioSim
Zach Zundel: SBOL Validator / ICE
Chris Myers: Java Library
Bryan Bartley: C++ & Python libraries
James McLauglin: JavaScript library
Meher Samineni: SBOL Tutorial (CRISPR/CAS9 example)

Nona2016/17/07Chicago, IL, USA
Ernst Oboerortner: Synthetic Biology Open Language
Michael Zhang: SBOLDesigner
ISMB 20162016/8-12/07Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, FL, USA
Kevin Clancy: Synthetic Biology & SBOL
Chris Myers: Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL)
Chris Myers: GDA Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL)
IWBDA 20152015/19-21/08University of Washington in WA, USA
Chris Myers: Introduction to SBOL
Bryan Bartley: The Synthetic Biology Open Language 2.0
Tramy Nguyen: A Converter from the Systems Biology Markup Language to the Synthetic Biology Open Language
Curtis Madsen: SBOL Stack: The One-stop-shop for Storing and Publishing Synthetic Biology Designs
Owen Gilfellon: SynBad: An SVP Design Framework
SEED 20152015/10-13/06Chicago, IL, USA
Jake Beal: Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL): Community-Driven Standard for Communication of Synthetic Biology Designs
Aaron Adler: Sbol Visual: Standard Schematic Diagrams for Synthetic Genetic Constructs
Jacqueline Quinn: Standardized Design Description Language for Synthetic Biological Constructs - Sbol Visual
Jacqueline Quinn: Sbol Visual: Standard Schematic Diagrams for Synthetic Genetic Constructs
ICSB 20142014/14/09Melbourne, AU
Chris Myers: The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL)
SEED 20142014/14-17/07Manhattan Beach, CA, USA
Nicholas Roehner: A Proposed Data Model for the Next Version of the Synthetic Biology Open Language
IWBDA 20142014/11-12/06Photonics Center in Boston, MA, USA
Nicholas Roehner: Generating Systems Biology Markup Language Models from the Synthetic Biology Open Language
Christian Olsen: Synthetic Biology Open Language Designer
IWBDA 20132013/12-13/07Imperial College in London,UK
Michal Galdzicki: Recent Advances in the Synthetic Biology Open Language
Jacqueline Quinn: Synthetic Biology Open Language Visual: An Open-Source Graphical Notation for Synthetic Biology
SB6.0 2013/9-11/07Imperial College in London,UK
Chris Myers: Development of the Synthetic Biology Open Language
Jacqueline Quinn: Synthetic Biology Open Language Visual: An Open-Source Graphical Notation for Synthetic Biology
Michal Galdzicki: The Synthetic Biology Open Language Standard: Sharing Design Information in Synthetic Biology