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1st-year bio-creators spark youngsters’ interest at Science Museum

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Published: February 4, 2020

The best performers from Tokyo Tech BioCon 2019 took their show on the road by hosting presentations at Tokyo's Science Museum on December 7. Over 40 1st-year Life Science and Technology students presented their bio-creations to 33 elementary school children representing the museum's Friends of Science club.

Elementary school students focused on Tokyo Tech mentors

Elementary school students focused on Tokyo Tech mentors

Elementary school students focused on Tokyo Tech mentors

The Tokyo Tech BioCon, a bio-creativity contest held for the fifteenth straight year in 2019, functions as the final assessment for the Bio-Creative Design 1 and 2 courses at the School of Life Science and Technology. During these courses, students work in small groups to plan and design easy tools that can be used to teach bioscience and biotechnology to the public, or are otherwise useful to society. This year's additional event at the Science Museum featured seven of the contest's best teams who shared their creations with children and their guardians. Bio Creative Staff, a Tokyo Tech student club, was in charge of organizing the event.

Judging the presenters were both youngsters from the Friends of Science club, who chose the winner of the Exciting Science Award, and staff from the Science Museum, who handed out the Science Museum Education Award. The winners were as follows.

Exciting Science Award Winners
Group O – Making paints from blueberries
Group E – Attempting to create sparrows
Science Museum Education Award
Group I – Myoelectrics is Fun!

Tokyo Tech students presenting their creations

Tokyo Tech students presenting their creations

Tokyo Tech students presenting their creations

The attending elementary school students continued to show interest in the bio- projects long after the presentations had concluded. They interacted with their Tokyo Tech mentors and demonstrated a pure curiosity for learning outside their schoolbooks and classes.

Youngsters' workshop in full swing

Youngsters' workshop in full swing

Youngsters' workshop in full swing

The School of Life Science and Technology and Bio Creative Staff are already looking forward to "spreading the science bug" at their next outreach session, regardless of whether it is on or off campus.。

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