BioBuilder Teacher Professional Development Workshop Summer 2024: Part 2


BioBuilder Learning Lab @ Ginkgo
27 Drydock Ave 2E
Boston, MA 02210
United States of America


Lead Instructor:  Dr. Natalie Kuldell

Lab Dates: To be scheduled for two days during the week of August 5th through August 9th, 2024

BioBuilder's Teacher Professional Development Part 2: What A Colorful World/Teaching BioDesign workshop is offered through a social, online platform. Part 2 is intended for teachers who have already completed Part 1:What is Synbio/Eau that Smell.

During a two-week window, teachers can participate from anywhere, pacing the lectures, readings, and assignments to fit their learning needs. Even online, teachers can still expect to interact with other teachers, receive feedback from Natalie and Jo-Anne, and gain hands-on experience with BioBuilder’s lab, What a Colorful World during two synchronous lab days.

Bacterial transformation is a process that is fundamental to genetics and inheritance and enables modern biotechnology. In this workshop, two cell types are transformed with two color-generating plasmids, illustrating both the science and engineering questions that must be addressed to build synthetic living systems. Participants will apply these lessons to a system of their own design using a ready-to-teach framework suitable for all levels of high school biology.

Multiple teachers applying from the same school should use coupon code "PD-MULTI" when prompted to receive the discounted rate.

Participants from STEM.LD schools should use coupon code "STEM.LD".



2024 Teacher Professional Development Workshop Registration (Part 2: What a Colorful World/Teaching Biodesign)


Registrant Information


Online Code of Conduct

Waiver Statement:
  1. The undersigned participant or student (or in the event such participant or student is a minor child, such participant or student’s parent or guardian), teacher or assistant hereby certifies on such individual’s behalf (or on behalf of such parent or guardian’s minor child) as follows:

  2. The participant, student, teacher or assistant noted on the signature page hereto (the “Participant”) has requested the opportunity to participate in a Workshop that includes, among other things, lectures and discussions (“Workshop”) with BioBuilder Educational Foundation (“BioBuilder”) to further the Participant’s educational goals and objectives and advance the Participant’s knowledge in science. The undersigned agrees that the Participant will strictly adhere to all applicable rules, regulations, general decorum and policies and procedures relating to conduct that may be set by BioBuilder. The undersigned understands and agrees that the Participant’s participation in the Workshop is by invitation of BioBuilder only, and that BioBuilder, in its sole discretion, may terminate the Participant’s participation in the Workshop at any time for any reason.

  3. The undersigned acknowledge that laboratories are specialized environments involving, among other things, the use of scientific instrumentations, chemicals and biologics, which even under ideal laboratory conditions may involve a degree of risk that is probably greater than ordinarily encountered in daily life and that could involve greater risk, including bodily injury, if used improperly. The undersigned is aware that participating in the Educational Session may be dangerous and may involve risks of serious injury, disability, death, or loss or damage to person or property, even if arising from the negligence of other persons executing a similar waiver and release from liability. The undersigned acknowledges that BioBuilder is not an insurer of the Participant’s health and safety and does not assume responsibility for spontaneous and unforeseen events that may occur during participation in the Educational Session. 

  4. The undersigned accepts full responsibility for any equipment or scientific instrumentations loaned to the Participant as part of their participation in the Educational Sessions, and commits to return the same in good working order.

  5. The undersigned states that, to the best of their knowledge, the Participant is in good health and suffers no mental impairment or physical disability or condition which renders participation in the Educational Session medically inadvisable, or otherwise limits the Participant’s ability to engage in the Educational Session activities. The undersigned acknowledges that the Participant is participating in the Educational Session at their own risk.

  6. The undersigned acknowledges and accepts that, although BioBuilder has taken special precautions to secure the safety of guests, program participants, and their families in order to prevent the exposure to COVID-19, or other viruses or health risks, no facility can guarantee against the potential risk of such exposure.   The undersigned understands that participating in the Learning Lab or accessing BioBuilder facilities may increase the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, the undersigned attests that the Participant will not attend or participate in in-person BioBuilder activities or programs if they test positive for COVID-19, experience symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with a person who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, in the 48 hours leading up to this event.

  7. In the event that the Participant should require emergency care while participating in the Educational Session, the undersigned grants permission to BioBuilder, its staff, agents, representatives and employees to provide such emergency care and treatment within their scope of training that, in their judgment, may be deemed necessary or advisable. The undersigned agrees to indemnify and hold harmless BioBuilder, its staff, agents, representatives, and employees, from any and all liability in connection with such medical treatment.

  8. The undersigned consents for the Participant to be transported to an emergency medical care center if the need arises, and the undersigned will assume the cost of such emergency care and treatment, if any, and accept responsibility for any treatment or care, including associated costs, required by the Participant beyond the emergency status.

  9. The undersigned agrees to permit BioBuilder, and its directors, administrators, employees, representatives, volunteers, agents and collaborators (each, a “BioBuilder Affiliate”, and collectively, the “BioBuilder Affiliates”) to photograph, videotape or otherwise record the Participant’s image, voice and/or conversations (“Participant’s likeness”) in printed, electronic or other media form, now known or hereafter developed. The Participant’s likeness may be used by BioBuilder and the aforementioned parties for any lawful purpose, including for public relations, fundraising, promotional, recruitment or educational materials related to the Educational Session. The media form in which the Participant’s likeness may be used may include printed or electronic publications or communications, websites, or other means of distribution or transmission, now known or hereafter developed. The undersigned hereby waives any right to inspect or approve of any such media prior to use or dissemination and authorize the use of the Participant’s likeness in perpetuity and without any compensation to the undersigned and/or the Participant. The undersigned hereby assigns all right, title and interest in and to all such media capturing the Participant’s likeness to BioBuilder and agrees that all such media shall be owned by BioBuilder.

  10. The undersigned on their own behalf (or on behalf of the Participant if the undersigned is a Participant’s parent or guardian) acknowledges and agrees that BioBuilder or a BioBuilder Affiliate may provide the Participant transportation to and from the Workshop and that during such transportation by BioBuilder or a BioBuilder Affiliate the Participant may be unaccompanied by a member of BioBuilder staff or any other adult and that the driver of such transportation may be a minor, who holds a valid driver’s license. The undersigned and the Participant have read this Agreement, Waiver and Release in its entirety and agrees to assume all risk of injury, harm or damage to the Participant’s person or property arising during or in connection with the transportation. The undersigned and the Participant have approved, and hereby release and agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless BioBuilder and the BioBuilder Affiliates from any and all liabilities, demands, claims, causes of action and possible causes of actions whatsoever arising out of or related to any  loss, damage, injury or harm to the Participant that may be sustained by the Participant while participating in the Workshop or arising or occurring during or in connection with any transportation to and from the Workshop.

  11. In the event the undersigned (or their Participant if the undersigned is the Participant’s parent or guardian) is providing transportation to and from the Workshop on behalf of themselves or other Participants, the undersigned acknowledges and agrees that such transportation is at their own risk and that they assume all risk of injury, harm or damage to the Participant’s person, property or any third parties’ person or property in connection with such transportation. To the extent the undersigned (or their Participant if the undersigned is the Participant’s parent or guardian) is providing transportation, the undersigned acknowledges that such person providing transportation maintains a valid driver’s license and sufficient insurance coverage. 

  12. This Agreement, Waiver and Release is legally binding, made voluntarily by the undersigned, on the undersigned’s own behalf (or on behalf of my Participant if I am a Participant’s parent or guardian), and on behalf of heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives and to the BioBuilder Educational Foundation. The undersigned is aware that by agreeing to this Agreement, Waiver and Release the undersigned and Participant are giving up valuable legal rights, including the right to recover damages from BioBuilder in case of illness, injury, death or property loss or damage, including, for the avoidance of doubt and without limitation exposure to COVID-19 at any BioBuilder program and any illness, injury or death resulting therefrom. The undersigned understands that this document is a promise not to sue and a release of all claims.  The undersigned agrees that this Agreement, Waiver and Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full force and legal effect. If signing on behalf of a minor, the undersigned understand that this Agreement, Waiver and Release is made on behalf of my minor child(ren) and/or legal wards and the undersigned represents and warrants to BioBuilder that the undersigned has full authority to sign this agreement on behalf of such minor(s).

  13. The undersigned understands that in the case of an applicable refund due to cancellation, a refund less applicable processing fees will be issued.

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