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Meet geekStarter’s 2016-2017 high-school and middle-school teams…   Synthetic Biology Teams Ted Harrison School – Calgary The school has two bio-design teams, one returning and one new. The returning team will carry out experiments with the goal of prototyping the project they started last year. Their goal is to build an environmentally friendly device for removing pesticides from water. The new team will design and develop a new project using design thinking methodology available through the new Berkeley Program. This year, the school introduced a peer-mentorship component where the more experienced, returning team is mentoring the new team. Notre Dame Collegiate – High River In their 2nd geekStarter season, the team will grow and solidify their skills in synthetic biology and iGEM, and will select and design an original project with the assistance of design thinking methods available through the new Berkeley Program. Having researched four different project ideas, the team is keen to decide on which project they will pursue, develop that project and start the experimental work. Their plan is to take their project to the iGEM Giant Jamboree in 2018. Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy – Canmore After participating in the iGEM competition for three consecutive years, the school decided to take a more systematic approach. They are spending this season designing and developing a new project using design thinking principles and methods available through the new Berkeley Program. This will also provide the many new team members with enough time to get caught up on their knowledge of synthetic biology and iGEM. The team’s goal is to build a high-quality project and present...
Spotlight on geekStarters: Alina Arvisais

Spotlight on geekStarters: Alina Arvisais

Alina Arvisais – Student lead, iGEM team at Our lady of the Snows Catholic Academy in Canmore 2013-2016 (3 seasons). Alina (pictured above) with Luc Arvisais (the team’s advisor) in the plane cockpit, on flight to 2016 iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston. 10 quick questions for Alina 1. How would you describe yourself in one sentence? Hard working in school, sports, friendships, and fun. 2. What do you love the most about your work/school? The community of people that work and study there. 3. What is your best accomplishment so far? Diverting 98.6% of all waste generated by the 2016 Banff Marathon away from the landfill. 4. What is something you are working towards right now? Finishing my classes and graduating from high school. 5. How do you like to spend your downtime? Climbing—indoors or outdoors. 6. What is something you can’t imagine your life without? Chocolate. 7. What is one thing that people will be surprised to hear about you? I “flew” the plane to Boston for iGEM. 8. What is something you are afraid of? Snakes. 9. What would you like your work to be ten years from now? Honestly, the only requirement I have for my work is for it to be enjoyable enough for me to willingly sacrifice sleep sometimes. 10. What is one thing you appreciate about geekStarter? Its support over the past three years of iGEM for our school’s team. Especially in connecting us with subject matter experts, other high school teams, and mentors....

geekStarter in the Community

Congratulations to Alberta’s ACM-ICPC teams for their great results in the 2016 Rocky Mountain Regional Contest held in Calgary on October 29! The Alberta Gold team from University of Alberta placed first and qualified for the ACM-ICPC World Finals in May 2017 – Good luck!! Check out all results here.     Congratulations to Alberta’s iGEM teams for their great performance in the 2016 iGEM Giant Jamboree held in Boston on October 27 – 31! All six teams won medals, and some were also recognized with special awards. Here is a complete list of the results: IngenuityLab Edmonton – dNANO – A new generation nanoscaffold – Silver medal Lethbridge Collegiate – Nanoresponder – Call to action! – Gold medal Lethbridge High School – Coagu.coli – Bronze medal OLS Canmore – BreaKERS – Breaking down hair and feather waste into useful products – Silver medal and 5 nominations for special awards UofC Calgary – The Subtilis Defence – Gold medal and 2 nominations for special awards; Won Best Integrated Human Practices UrbanTundra Edmonton – Sustainable Living on Mars: Remediation of Martian Soil to Produce Oxygen through Genetic Engineering – Bronze medal and 3 nominations for special awards; Won Best Wiki, Best Presentation, and Best Poster  ...