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Meyerson Hall

210 South 34th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Description brings together designers and educators to discuss novel learning platforms and activities to advance biological design and synthetic biology education at K12 and beyond. For more info on speakers and exhibits, please see:



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Opening Remarks

Yasmin Kafai, Orkan Telhan

DESIGN bio activities for learning

Moderator: Yasmin Kafai

Biobuilder Educational Foundation

Karen Hogan, University of Pennsylvania

Romie Littrell, Pratt Institute

MAKE with kits and interfaces for biodesigners

Moderator: Karen Hogan

Julie Legault and Justin Pahara, Amino Labs

Orkan Telhan, University of Pennsylvania

Orit Shaer, Wellesley College

Coffee & Donut Break


TEACH biodesign in school

Moderator: Susan Yoon

Justice Walker, University of Pennsylvania

Sheri Hanna, String Theory School

DISCUSS ethics of biodesign

Moderator: Orkan Telhan

Sigal Ben-Porath, University of Pennsylvania

Dan Grushkin, Genspace

Ryan Hoover, Maryland Institute College of Art



Amino Labs





UPenn Design Biology Student Exhibits

UPenn iGEMS competition team

The String Theory School Student

Sponsorship: This symposium is sponsored by the University Foundation and Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.


The event will take place in Meyerson Hall (210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104) on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Meyerson Hall is a modern brown-red brick building sitting at the corner of Walnut and 34th Street (see red pin on map). On the other side of the street corner is a Starbucks.

Note that you cannot enter the building from the corner of Walnut and 34th street. You have to walk around Meyerson Hall to the front entrance on 34th street between Walnut and Spruce which is only accessible from the yard. It is right next to Fisher Fine Arts Library. There is a red Calder sculpture next to the entrance.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: SEPTA buses stop at the corner of 34th and Walnut Street. The trolley stops at the corner of 34th and Market Street.

AMTRAK: The 30th Street Street station is a few blocks (0.6 miles) away, about a 15 minute walk or a $6-8 cab ride.

AIRPORT: If you arrive from PHL airport, a cab ride takes about 20 minutes and has a fixed rate of $28.50 + 0.60 surcharge.

CAR: If you arrive by car on the I-76, take the exit 346a, “South Street”.

PARKING: Limited metered street parking is available on Walnut Street and surrounding streets. A public parking garage can be found two blocks away, at the corner of Chestnut and 34th (3335 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104). Parking will cost $19/day.

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