Team:UPCH Peru/Partnership


Throughout the iGEM season we have made many meaningful collaborations with our fellow Peruvian high school friend from FDR_HB iGEM team. Our interactions for Science Communication efforts were substantial for producing quality content. We started our partnership with the FDR_HB team towards the beginning of June. They contacted us to meet and share their project with us, discussing a possible collaboration. After a brainstorming session, the most feasible and efficient idea we came up with was developing educational videos for schools around Lima. We considered this especially important, because high school students following the national curriculum were lacking science education. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Peruvian Ministry of Education created a platform for virtual learning for all public school students, but this did not include any lessons in science. As we were creating educational videos for Peruvian students, it made sense for both iGEM teams to get together and share ideas in order to create this content. Jointly, we agreed to create videos explaining science topics, including our projects, so we could publish a video series together. As part of this project, we met virtually once a week to discuss the topics of the videos and peer edit our scripts and storyboards. Additionally, the editing groups of each team would meet separately to agree on the format of our videos. Our goal was to create a cohesive series that had common features, so they could be joined as a whole. This included agreeing on the same fonts, the type of illustrations we would be including, defining the video’s structure, among other aspects of video editing. By August, both of our teams began working on the most challenging part of the project: filming the footage of the speakers and creating the animations for the videos. We also collaborated on creating the content to promote these videos on social media. Ultimately, an educational and engaging video series resulted from our joint work.

The series was made up of 4 parts in total:

  • Introduction to the scientific method

  • Introduction to biotechnology

  • FDR-HB_Peru team project (3 segments)

  • UPCH_Peru team project (3 segments)

  • The videos produced by our team are the following:

    • Introduction to biotechnology

    • UPCH_Peru team project:

    • - Segment 1: The problem we are addressing: Frosts

    • - Segment 2: The problem at a microscopic level

    • - Segment 3: Our solution to the problem

    Throughout our partnership, each one of our teams gave a presentation for Journal Club Peru as part of a joint Facebook live transmission to over 9k viewers. The second large project that we collaborated on sought to continue our joint goal of informing fellow Peruvian students about synthetic biology and develop their curiosity for science in general. This project consisted of a workshop held for high school students from all over Peru. The workshop was held on Saturday, October 24th with over 70 students ages 14-16. The organizing team for this event was made up of members from both of our teams who met weekly to brainstorm ideas and plan all the activities for the workshop. Both of our teams collaborated in different aspects that made the workshop take place, but mainly we made sure that the content was appropriate for our target audience: high school students.

    Visit our Education webpage to know all the activities we did for High school students!