ChristianaCare's Gene Editing Institute seeks to empower, inspire, and engage the next generation of scientists committed to advancing gene editing technology.
Gene Editing 360™ is a suite of highly flexible educational tools designed to launch high school and college students on a journey of learning and discovery about the fundamentals of CRISPR gene editing technology.
The focus of GE360™ is to demystify gene editing technology while enriching STEM education at both the high school and collegiate level with CRISPR in a Box™. The program currently centers on CRISPR in a Box™ (CIAB), an educational kit that provides students the opportunity to understand and utilize revolutionizing CRISPR/Cas technology and gene editing.
At the heart of Gene Editing 360™ is CRISPR in a Box™, a teaching toolkit that provides students in high schools, community colleges, universities, and remote classrooms with a unique, hands-on learning experience in CRISPR gene editing. The Gene Editing Institute developed CRISPR in a Box™ with support from the National Science Foundation and in partnership with Rockland Immunochemicals and Delaware Technical Community College. The kit can be purchased from Carolina Biological Company.
Learning Lab is a free immersive field trip opportunity for teachers and students. Teachers can bring in students to a fully stocked laboratory to perform a half-day gene editing experiment with experts from our lab. This opportunity also allows students to speak directly with experts in the field about their own experiences in the lab as they learn this innovative new technology. A primer course preps students for an in-depth CRISPR experiment with a synthetic gene.
This lab is typically reserved for juniors and seniors in high school to ensure that students are appropriately familiar with lab techniques and concepts beforehand. Learning labs can accommodate most class sizes, though classes may be split into two separate sessions to provide the best experience, as the lab space has a max student capacity of 15 students.
The Gene Editing Institute hosts free monthly workshops (called Train the Trainer workshops) on site in our Learning Lab space. Educators and collegiate-level participants complete a gene editing experiment using CRISPR technology and engage with CRISPR in a Box™ experts. The goal of these sessions is to engage local educators and provide the tools, training, and resources to successfully implement CRISPR in a Box™ at their respective organizations.
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Members from the Gene Editing Institute come onsite to deliver CRISPR in a Box™ in this fee-for-service program model — providing in-person CRISPR expertise throughout the workshop and guiding students from start to finish in this experiment.
To learn more about what this educational model has done for local Delaware universities, check out the video below on our work at Delaware Technical Community College.
Students will learn the fundamentals of CRISPR gene editing, as well as basic laboratory techniques that are used throughout the field. Students perform a hands-on gene editing experiment, including a live readout within non-infectious E. coli bacteria. These experiments follow a gene editing reaction from beginning to end using techniques scientists utilize in research laboratories.