The UChicago iGEM team has participated in the Kovler Hawkings Career Conference hosted by the University of Chicago, interacted with the high school students present at the conference by sharing our experience in scientific lab research, and attended the workshop sessions held by existing professionals in various fields. Additionally, we volunteered in the ‘Science Works’ Event hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, presenting the snap gene plasmid maps of the plasmids we have successfully synthesized. We then demonstrated our organism: Synechococcus cyanobacteria under allowed circumstances to share our project with attendees to increase understanding of the Synechococcus cyanobacteria. Furthermore, we participated in a collaboration with ArtShould, another registered student organization at the university of chicago, to educate young children at a Chicago Public Schools after-school program about the cell. The children were taught about various organelles in a typical eukaryotic cell and then got to "make their own cell" in a petri dish with glue and other various arts and crafts supplies. The images below show some of our summer team members engaging with students at the Kovlar Hawkins Career Conference.
The images below show some of our summer team members engaging with visitors at the MSI Science Works Event.