We are a group of students from four different Edmonton high schools who will be spending our summer together doing incredible research. Most of us are recent high school graduates who will be attending our first year of university this upcoming fall.
Through our interest in the STEM fields, we chose to participate in an international competition called iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine). The aim of iGEM is to find solutions to large-scale problems through the use of synthetic biology.
It's our collective passion and curiosity for science and creativity that brought us all together. All of us have our own unique and individual skill sets, making full use of the interdisciplinary nature of our project. We are aspiring engineers, medical doctors, research scientists, architects, and computer programmers.
We are currently working on our research in the Medical Science Building at the University of Alberta, supervised, trained, and mentored, by university students and professors.
In the interest of serving the public, we have been hosting presentations, hand-on classes, and demonstrations at local elementary and junior high schools. This complements our goals in sharing our experiences in hopes of teaching and inspiring the younger generation about science, engineering, and biology.