• Longhorns iGEM
    Mrs. Janet Standeven


    What is iGEM?

    The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition.  In 2011, iGEM introduced a High School Division that focuses on finding ways for high school student teams to enjoy iGEM in ways that fit the schedules, resources, and structures available to high school teams. 
    • iGEM stands for International Genetically Engineered Machine competition 
    • Over the course of a year, students design and build simple biological systems made from standard interchangeable DNA parts
    • Students will learn lab techniques of biotechnology in addition to developing a working knowledge of modern molecular engineering and scientific research skills.
    • Teams put together a website, keep a blog log of their research and engineer a synthetic set of genes called a “part”.  After completing their research and engineering teams travel to the International Jamboree to compete with other teams from around the globe
    • The goal is to isolate, identify and donate a set of genes to the “Registry of Standard Biological Parts”.  www.partsregistry.org     
    • Information can be found on the main iGEM website at http://igem.org/Main_Page
    • An example of the scope and commitment of the scientific research can be found http://2018.igem.org/Team:Lambert_GA
    Activities or Events:  

    Join us for a unique summer camp experience!  

    iGEM will be hosting a camp for Rising 8th and 9th grade students here at Lambert.  July 22-24 from  from 8 am -12 pm with drop off beginning at 7:45am at Lambert High School. Biotechnology is a diverse field that includes developing tools and techniques, which help to contribute to a greater society. The camp will provide participants with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of cellular biology, microbiology, and biotechnology. This will be a hands-on program involving micropipetting skills, gel electrophoresis, and DNA extraction. The total cost is $250 per participant. There are only 40 spots available, so sign up quickly! Please have interested campers complete this google doc to reserve a spot!


    Fall Semester

    Students were chosen for the team the previous year, so during the Fall, they are working on finalizing the research project.  The culmination of the iGEM year is the Annual Jamboree held in Boston, MA October 31- November 4, 2019.  Collegiate and high school teams gather to showcase their work.  

    Spring Semester

    After the Jamboree applications will be available in December 2019.  The process for choosing iGEM members includes, applications, interviews, and teacher recommendations.  The new team begins their work during the Spring semester. Our team receives the set of genes from the iGEM foundation to begin  experiments to create and characterize their “parts” and “machine”.  Along with the lab portion of the competition, team members write and design a webpage documenting the process as well as conduct outreach to the community about synthetic biology. 

    Summer- Optional 

    Students interested in applying for the iGEM team are encouraged to pursue research opportunities in the summer months 

    Club Officers or Members: Are chosen through an application and interview process.  Information about the iGEM applications and information will be available in November.

Last Modified on September 1, 2020