GYA members Bing Chen, Ghada Bassioni, Alexander Kagansky and Wilfred van der Wiel held a YSAP outreach activity titled “Synthetic Biology and the Future” for 20 Kingussie High School and Granton Grammar School students in Aviemore, Scotland.
Ambassadors challenged students to identify problems in the world and to use science and concepts of synthetic biology to create solutions. Students created a money tree to end poverty, multi-vitamin cookies to end hunger, bionic arms to gain new functions, oil-cleaning penguins to remove oil spills, and pet dinosaur lizards as new companions. The participation of the schools was enabled by the Science Skills Academy, an initiative of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, under the direction of Andrew Johnson. The purpose is to bring STEMD learning experiences to the most remote parts of the Highlands and islands of Scotland. GYA member Karly Kehoe helped to facilitate this experience and Highlands and Islands Enterprise provided funding.