Summer 2022 Programs || Open to Students Entering Grades 9-12
Please note: The Dinah Whipple STEAM Academy is offering a program this week for grades 10-12 that explores science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM), as well as the Black experience. Students will learn basic engineering principles and disciplines by completing a series of hands-on activities. Along with engineering activities, students will also discuss the Black experience in this country learn about the origins of African empires.
Participants in this program will choose a single, in-depth, weeklong project focused on 3D bioprinting or molecular visualization. All levels of experience welcome!
- Regenerative Medicine: The 3D Bioprinting Project (Program Full - Waitlist Only). 3D bioprinting is a revolutionary technology that will eventually make medical care faster, more effective and tailored to the individual. This simple technique enables researchers to fabricate geometrically well-defined 3D living cell structures. To fabricate any structure using a 3D bioprinter, a digital image is needed. In this program, patient-specific Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computerized Tomography (CT) scan data will be used to create a digital model without compromising the geometric information. Then, a 3D bioprinter will be used to fabricate that model (partial or full-scale) as a demonstration of this emerging technology. This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!
- Regenerative Medicine: The Molecular Visualization Project. This project is aimed at enhancing the understanding of biomolecular structures via molecular visualization software tools. Through a variety of computer-based activities, participants will expand their conceptual toolkit through an improved understanding of molecular geometry, bonding, structure and dynamics, which are key factors in further developing “visuospatial” thinking. This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!
TechLeaders C. Participants in this program will choose a single, in-depth, weeklong project focused on cryopreservation (cell preservation), computer science and biology (bioinformatics) or entrepreneurship and technology (BioTrek). All levels of experience welcome!
- Regenerative Medicine: The Cryopreservation Project (Cell Preservation). Regenerative medicine has the potential to fully repair damaged tissues and organs. The cells and tissues used for this repair often need to be stored long term, frozen in liquid nitrogen at -196 °C, a process called cryopreservation. In this program, cryopreservation will be explained, demonstrated and current methods and their limitations will be discussed. Cryopreservation in nature will also be explored. In addition to regenerative medicine and cryopreservation, this program will also reinforce basic chemistry and biochemistry concepts, such as the properties of cells, water, freezing point depression, protein structure and function. This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!
- Bioinformatics Project. In this program, participants will focus on bioinformatics – the use of computer science to answer biological questions. Bioinformatics is a relatively new and growing discipline that uses computers and databases to answer biological and biomedical questions. Participants will explore how to do biochemistry with a computer, as well as learn about proteins, DNA, RNA and entire genomes. This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!
- Biotrek Project (Program Full - Waitlist Only). BioTrek is a problem-based, future-oriented program focused on entrepreneurship and technology, emphasizing advanced manufacturing and biofabrication. Students in this program will work in small teams to identify a product that solves a problem of humanity, conceptualize a biofabrication-based product to address the issue and build a business model around the product. The program culminates with a product pitch to a panel of industry representatives. Participants will engage with professionals throughout the field of biomanufacturing who work on the cutting-edge science that advances the industry towards medical applicability. Participants will also speak with representatives from post-secondary pathways to understand how to enter careers in the field. The program also incorporates training on business communication and etiquette, career mapping, building a professional digital presence and effective networking. BioTrek is facilitated by ARMI | BioFabUSA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enable the scalable, consistent and cost-effective manufacturing of tissues and tissue-related technologies. This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!
These projects are part of a broader workforce development initiative at UNH called NH CREATES, which is focused on regenerative medicine and biofabrication and funded by a National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership grant. Students will be working alongside teacher participants also learning about regenerative medicine and how to incorporate it into their classrooms. All necessary COVID-19 health & safety protocols will be followed.