BioTech in Action: Free Virtual Fall Program 2021

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Free Online Event

Open to all high school students currently in 10th-12th grade (ages 14-18 if outside of the US).

This fall, the Biogen Community Lab and the Lemelson-MIT Program are continuing to collaborate to empower a new generation of young scientists and inventors through state-of-the-art virtual programming. Designed to foster a passion for science and invention, the programs are committed to ensuring diverse groups of students participate. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Biogen and MIT employees and obtain an inside view of a biotech company and university. 

The program will focus on Biotechnology and Alzheimer’s.

This presentation will explore what it means to be a biotechnology company. It will provide students with an in-depth view of how Biogen utilizes the field of biotechnology. We will discuss the inventions of medicines to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, one of Biogen’s main focuses.

The nine-week virtual program will begin on October 9 with a two-day intensive workshop held on Saturday and Sunday (three hours each day). The two-day workshop will be followed by eight Saturday sessions (three hours per day). The total program time will be 30 hours plus the time students dedicate to their posters outside of class.

Students will be encouraged to enroll in pairs or in small groups, and will work together when completing the Labster and/or poster activities. Students may, however, participate as individuals.

The program is available at no cost to students and educators.

 

Registration open from September 14, 2021 at 9 am EST to September 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

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Current and Past Programs

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BIOTECHNOLOGY AND ALZHEIMER’S
This presentation will explore what it means to be a biotechnology company. It will provide students with an in-depth view of how Biogen utilizes the field of biotechnology. We will discuss the inventions of medicines to treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, one of Biogen’s main focuses.
CAREERS IN BIOTECH
This presentation will dive into the different career fields that make up a successful biotechnology company. When people think of a company like Biogen, it is all too easy to think only of the scientists, but there are also many diverse careers that make the company successful. During this presentation, you will get a chance to learn about all of these different careers.
HEALTHY CLIMATE, HEALTHY LIVES
This presentation will explore climate change and how it is connected with human health. We will discuss what climate change is, its impact on human health, and what solutions we can invent in our communities to protect ourselves from the impact on our health. Students will be provided an opportunity to ask questions about their own climate change concerns and speak with employees who are passionate about making the world a better place.
INVENTION IN BIOTECH
In this presentation, students will get the opportunity to learn about the ways scientists and others at companies like Biogen and at universities like MIT use science and technology to help people across the globe. We will explore ways students and professionals in the biotechnology industry come to understand the problems people face in their daily lives and develop technological solutions that are new and novel, useful and unique (i.e., an invention!). Practical advice will be provided regarding how you can get on the pathway to invention!
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Virtual Speaker Series

Our virtual speaker series hosted experts that discussed topics such as invention, innovation and advances in biotech. The speaker series are in English. Although all speaker series are wrapped up, you may view recordings of past speaker series, by clicking this link here.