What is Cellular Engineering?
Cellular Engineering is an emerging discipline poised to harness the untapped potential of living cells to solve complex societal problems and benefit humankind. The field will apply our burgeoning knowledge of how cells (and systems of cells) are built, make decisions, and accomplish tasks to develop new cell-based technologies.
Cellular Engineering by its nature is interdisciplinary and developing solutions will require a new generation of scientists – those who enjoy tinkering, building, and figuring out how things work; and who are driven to make the world a better place.
At the Cellular Construction Workshop,
- Discover new ways to frame lessons about cells
- Experience problem-based learning modules that integrate NGSS engineering practices and life sciences curriculum
- Work with students to build an analogy of cells as biological machines
- Combine engineering and computer science to understand cellular behavior
- Use robots to solve challenges similar to those faced by cells
- Receive lesson materials to bring cellular engineering into the classroom
- Work in a student/teacher team to learn how cells make decisions and how you can ‘reprogram’ that decision-making process.
- Investigate cellular behavior and design robotics that mimic that behavior.
- Model cellular engineering techniques to solve real world problems, like water quality monitoring and bioremediation.
- Visit UCSF labs and meet scientists using cellular engineering to solve real world problems.
- Learn about careers in biotechnology and how you can pursue a career in cellular engineering.
- In order to participate, students MUST be nominated by a high school science teacher (Teachers can nominate up to three students. Must be current sophomores or juniors).
- The Center for Cellular Construction is committed to broadening participation in science – and strongly encourages nominations of students from groups underrepresented in the sciences.