MBM Trainees Teach Girls About Biobots

Gelson Pagan-Diaz demonstrates a biobot
Gelson Pagan-Diaz (center) demonstrates a biobot model with fellow students in the EBICS program

This summer, MBM trainees Lauren Grant and Gelson Pagan-Diaz participated in Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) Camp, an Illinois-based program designed to give academically talented high school girls an opportunity to explore engineering and scientific fields. They were accompanied by fellow trainees and undergraduates in the EBICS program.

32 girls participated in the division of GAMES devoted to bioengineering. They were split into three smaller groups and rotated between the three activities:

  1. Lauren Grant gave a presentation on biobots, as well as a lab tour and a demonstration of skeletal muscle electrical stimulation and contraction.
  2. Gelson Pagan-Diaz led a discussion on ethics modules.
  3. A few undergraduate students associated with the EBICS program led a demonstration of the ways in which biobots “walk” and respond to light.
Lauren Grant presents a lecture on biobots
Lauren Grant presents a lecture on biobots to GAMES participants