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13th BioCon, 14th Bio-Creative Design Contest held online

Tokyo Tech s School of Life Science and Technology hosted the 13th BioCon, or bio-creativity contest for high school students, and the 14th Bio-Creativity Design Contest 2021 online on January 23. The BioCon is a competition where high schoolers from around Japan develop learning materials regarding life and the natural world for elementary and middle school students. Each team is supported by teaching assistants from Tokyo Tech. The Bio-Creativity Design Contest is the culmination of the Advanced Bio-Creative Design course for 2nd- and 3rd-year Tokyo Tech students. Heavily focused on group work, this course encourages students to develop and design a bio-related creation that addresses some current societal issue. These two contests have been held jointly since 2020. After the high school and university teams present their creations, judges first evaluate the BioCon participants. After this, the judges evaluate both the university teams and the best high school teams joining the Bio-Creativity Design Contest. This year, eleven high school teams and three Tokyo Tech teams participated. Teams and presentations Each of the following teams gave a 12-minute presentation which included a short Q A session. Team / school name Presentation title Wanna fry waffles
Sagamihara Secondary School Excite with sight!! - How to see living things - spread wings
Seishin Gakuen High School Insects Fly! Shintaro Mitani
School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Tech Toilet s surface reflects disease Kuro-chan and the giant colony
Atsugi Senior High School Top Bacteria Budokai Ocha Five
Ochanomizu University Senior High School Virus sugoroku Spectacles.
Sagamihara Secondary School Fish are people s ancestors!? - How humans came to be - TBC
Toin Gakuen Creating an ecological map of Toin Gakuen E
School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Tech Sustainable society with leftover cooking oil Good friends
Yokohama Science Frontier High School Let s learn from Toxic Crossing Animal Kingdom
Ochanomizu University Senior High School UNOMU Coral reef
Azabu University High School Making eco-friendly sunscreen Hayato Mitsudome
School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Tech Electricity and genes - Does electricity alter gene expression? - You buggin?
Seishin Gakuen High School The wonders of carnivorous plants separated color
Azabu University High School The challenge of color separation! Bio-play session After the presentations, approximately 40 young students, mostly from elementary school, were invited to test out the groups creations during the traditional bio-play session. Despite the online environment required by COVID-19, the youngsters were able to experience bioscience and biotechnology through interesting and challenging games. Evaluation and competition results Two Tokyo Tech faculty members and five evaluators from outside the Institute selected winners and runners-up in the competitions. BioCon participants were judged based on four criteria scientific nature, originality, societal impact, and expressiveness. and completeness. Bio-Creativity Design Contest were evaluated based on the four criteria above and completeness. Students, faculty members, and bio-play session participants cast their votes to determine the winners of the Audience Award and Poster Presentation Award. This year, the Ochanomizu University Senior High School team Ocha Five, who participated for the first time, won both the BioCon and the Bio-Creativity Design Contest with their work on viruses. BioCon results Winner Ocha five, Ochanomizu University Senior High School 2nd place Spectacles, Sagamihara Secondary School 3rd place separatedcolor Yokohama City Board of Education Award Coral reef Bio-Creativity Design Contest results Winner Ocha five, Ochanomizu University Senior High School Judges Award E, Tokyo Tech Animal Kingdom, Ochanomizu University Senior High School Societal Impact Award Ocha five, Ochanimizu University Senior High School Experiment Award Hayato Mitsudome, Tokyo Tech Audience Award Wanna fry waffles, Sagamihara Secondary School Poster Presentation Award Kuro-chan and the giant colony, Atsugi Senior High School After the contest and presentation of awards, the participating students had a chance to exchange opinions freely with the judges. Despite the online environment, the final result of the event was equivalent to that of previous years new teaching materials that will undoubtedly be useful in the future. Team separate color s presentation Winning team Ocha five presenting BioCon, Bio-Creative Design Contest 2020 jointly held | Tokyo Tech News Dengue vaccine card game wins 2019 Bio-Creative Design Contest | Tokyo Tech News Latest bio-creations presented at 14th Tokyo Tech BioCon | Tokyo Tech News 11th high school BioCon brings joy of learning to youngsters | Tokyo Tech News Department of Life Science and Technology, School of Life Science and Technology Office of Bio-Creative Design (Japanese) This event is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund Contact Office of Bio-Creative Design Email biocreat@bio.titech.ac.jp


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