Many of today’s most pressing problems require engineers who have a solid foundation in life sciences and the engineering process. This module immerses participants in two projects that address design challenges and solutions to biomedical and environmental issues. Learners will design custom bacteria while exploring genetic engineering and the relationships between organisms, their environments and bioremediation. Teams will design solutions to a common biomedical problem while learning about human body systems, biomedical research at CU and the application of nanotechnology

Key Concepts: Genes, Traits, Genetic Engineering, Cell Structures, Adaptation, Environments, The Digestive Systems, Nanotechnology, Measuring and Fractions

Module Introduction

Module Overview

Dr. Kathryn Penzkover Introduces Alginate Encapsulation 

Bioengineering Video Mash-Up

Design a Custom Bacteria- Worksheets (Standard)

Templates for the magnetic versions of these workshops available upon request.

Design a Custom Bacteria- Design Challenge Worksheets (Standard)

Templates for the magnetic versions of these workshops available upon request.

Protect That Pill Activity
Contributed by Jacob Crosby, Todd Curtis, Malinda Schaefer Zarske and Denise Carlson at the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Alginate Encapsulation Activity (Ohio State University’s Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices)

Alginate Encapsulation Activity (PA3 Math, Science and Technology, titled Hydrogels: Synthesis and Applications)

Alginate Encapsulation Activity (Oregon State University by Eric Mock, Alicia Lyman-Holt and Dr. Skip Rochefort, titled: The GEL BEAD Process: A Journey to Jell-O Land)

Sodium Alginate Polymer Kit

Modeling Nanotechnology – Encapsulation by Sodium Alginate – Student Laboratory Kit