Welcome to BioBuilder’s Idea Accelerator, a dynamic science and engineering curriculum and experiential learning series for high school students, created to accommodate virtual, in-person, and hybrid classroom models.  
The Idea Accelerator is our introductory program, helping teams of students get started on the design of new biotechnologies that can make the world a better place.

During the three-week program, students gain access to:

  • Five (5) hours of asynchronous lectures in synthetic biology from Dr. Natalie Kuldell, MIT Senior Lecturer in Biological Engineering and BioBuilder’s Founder and Executive Director;
  • Complete chapters from BioBuilder’s textbook for pre- and post-lecture readings, as well as new design assignments, and additional reference materials;
  • Personalized feedback on assignments, project ideas and the design process from practicing bioengineers and BioBuilder teaching assistants;
  • Real-time guidance on student ideas by STEM professionals during three (3) live Office Hours sessions; and
  • A Project Showcase, in which student teams present their biotechnology ideas through pre-recorded video or audio presentations.


Watch highlights from the 2020-21 Idea Accelerator cohorts: http://bit.ly/IA2020-21_Highlights



  • Hosted through the Canvas educational platform
  • Recorded lectures posted on Mondays and Thursdays
  • Readings and design assignments posted before and after each recorded lecture
  • Weekly live Office Hours sessions (days/times will rotate)
  • The last session of the Idea Accelerator, the Project Showcase, will be recorded for those who cannot join at the scheduled time.
  • Each cohort is limited to 10 classrooms (11-25 students) or clubs/pods (3-10 students), who may be separated into topic-oriented teams of 5 - 7 students per team.
  • Teachers will be sent a separate link for their students to complete a consent form and survey due one (1) week prior to the session start date.



  • Club/Pod (3 - 10 students) = $500.00
  • Classroom (11 - 25 students) = $1000.00
  • Educator Observer = $50.00 (Access for an educator to observe the course and materials - no student access will be granted)

**BioBuilder is committed to making our life-changing curriculum accessible for all students. We are offering the Idea Accelerator at NO COST to those schools where 50% or more of the student population is eligible for free lunch (as reported on https://www.publicschoolreview.com/).**


Upcoming Dates

Registration for the 3-week Idea Accelerator is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year. Interested in registering for a future date? Simply indicate your interest by completing the Idea Accelerator Inquiry Form, and a BioBuilder representative will be in contact with you.

  • Cohort 1: September 13, 2021
  • Cohort 2: October 18, 2021
  • Cohort 3: November 29, 2021
  • Cohort 4: January 10, 2022
  • Cohort 5: February 14, 2022
  • Cohort 6: March 21, 2022
  • Cohort 7: April 25, 2022


For more information, please view the Course Logistics & FAQs for Teachers.

Questions? Contact info@biobuilder.org.

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