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Nano and Society Training Materials

Staff training materials for Nano & Society workshop. The workshop focused on preparing museum educators to engage the public in conversations about the relationship between nanotechnology and society. Workshop participants learned new hands-on activities, full-length programs, and ideas for facilitating visitor experiences in the Nano mini-exhibition. The workshop provided specific training and skill-building in nano and society content, conversation facilitation, and improving and learning from professional practice (Team Based Inquiry).

Would You Buy That?

This program examines and explores social and ethical issues of consumer products from the past, present and future. Audience members are asked to weigh the risks versus the benefits. The audience members are responsible for making choices on what products to buy, question, or not buy for themselves, their families, and their communities in this fun and interactive show.

Event Passports

These "passports" can be used at your Building with Biology event to help visitors keep track of everything they've done there—they can collect stamps to mark when they've talked to a scientist, asked a question about synthetic biology, shared an idea on the graffiti wall, or talked to a volunteer about the things they like or don't like about synthetic biology. The passport challenges visitors to collect as many stamps as possible.

Building with Biology Event Planning and Marketing Guide

This is a detailed guide for planning and promoting your Building with Biology event. The guide covers each step of preparing for your event, recruiting and training volunteers and scientist partners, facilitating conversations during the event, and evaluating the event afterwards. Also included are sample press and marketing materials, along with logos and fonts you can use to design your own promotional items.

Building with Biology welcome letter and list of kit contents

This welcome letter will introduce you to the Building with Biology kit, walking you through the contents of the physical and digital kits, as well as the basics of museum-scientist collaborations and the reporting/evaluation requirements for recipients of physical kits. The contents list itemizes exactly what you can expect to find in the physical and digital kits.

"How might synthetic biology change our lives?" graffiti wall

This is a set of printable materials for your Building with Biology event's "How might synthetic biology change our lives?" sticky note graffiti wall. These materials invite visitors to imagine all the ways the new technologies and techniques of synthetic biology could affect their lives, now and in the future. Visitors write their thoughts on sticky notes and share them on the "graffiti wall."

"Should We Engineer the Mosquito?" Forum

This is a Building with Biology forum in which participants have a chance to learn about a synthetic biology topic and then engage in a guided conversation and make a plan of action. In this case, the participants are both scientists and members of the public, the topic is genetically engineered mosquitoes, and the plan is a decision about whether to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in Mombasa, Kenya. Participants get the chance to practice critical thinking skills and apply them to a real-world socio-scientific issue.

Building with Biology: VirEx Delivery

In this Building with Biology activity, visitors explore the potential for engineered viruses to deliver beneficial, targeted genetic information to sites throughout the body, and discuss their hopes and concerns regarding this technology. Visitors create a model of the technology by combining multiple strands of yarn (DNA) and placing them in takeout containers covered in instructions (viruses' protein shells, or capsids).

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