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BioBuilder Idea Accelerator



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BioBuilder’s Idea Accelerator is a dynamic 3-week science and engineering curriculum and experiential learning series for high school students.

Registration required

  • Sign-up is ongoing

Visit our webpage for the Idea Accelerator, scroll down to the "Upcoming Dates" section, and select the registration link for the dates you want!


  • Club/Pod (3 - 10 students) = $500.00
  • Classroom (11 - 25 students) = $1000.00
  • Educator Observer = $50.00 (Access for an educator to observe the course and materials - no student access will be granted)
  • Financial Aid and/or Scholarship Available
  • Free for some residents

**We are also committed to making our life-changing curriculum accessible for all students. We are offering the Idea Accelerator at NO COST to those schools where 50% or more of the student population is eligible for free lunch (as reported on**


The program serves people at their homes or wherever it is needed or online.

  • Only virtual (online or over the phone).

Dates and Times

This is an ongoing program.

Upcoming Dates

The Idea Accelerator is filled for the 2020-2021 academic year. Dates for 2021-2022 will be posted in the summer.

Additional information

Created to accommodate virtual, in-person, and hybrid classroom models, BioBuilder can now provide science students, their teachers, and their parents with the online resources they need for a successful academic year.  


The Idea Accelerator is our introductory program, helping teams of students get started on the design of new biotechnologies that can make the world a better place.

During the three-week program, students gain access to:

  • Five (5) hours of asynchronous lectures in synthetic biology from Dr. Natalie Kuldell, MIT Senior Lecturer in Biological Engineering and BioBuilder’s Founder and Executive Director;
  • Complete chapters from BioBuilder’s textbook for pre- and post-lecture readings, as well as new design assignments, and additional reference materials;
  • Personalized feedback on assignments, project ideas and the design process from practicing bioengineers and BioBuilder teaching assistants;
  • Real-time guidance on student ideas by STEM professionals during three (3) live Office Hours sessions; and
  • A Project Showcase, in which student teams present their biotechnology ideas through pre-recorded video or audio presentations.

For more information and to register, visit

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Last updated April 26, 2021.