Biomaterials Education Challenge

The Biomaterials Education Challenge will encourage SFB student chapters and other student clubs or groups to develop innovative and practical approaches to biomaterials education. Student teams will be challenged to develop an educational module for middle school (6th-8th grade) science classes. Each educational module will demonstrate fundamental biomaterials concepts, with scientific principles that are understandable to a middle school audience and designed for a 45 minute class period. The education modules should have hands-on components, should be easily incorporated to typical middle school science courses, and should have materials easily obtained with clear educational and learning objectives. Winners will be identified based on their potential for educational impact, and judges will emphasize innovation, practicality, and likelihood of widespread adoption and dissemination of the educational projects. The goals of this competition are to improve widespread understanding of biomaterials-related science and careers in the middle school population; to encourage SFB student chapters to participate in K-8 outreach efforts; and to reward thecommunication skills and creativity of the next generation of biomaterials researchers and educators.

Each educational module should demonstrate fundamental biomaterials concepts, with scientific principles that are understandable to a middle school audience and designed for a 45 minute class period.

The goals of this competition are to:

improve widespread understanding of biomaterials-related science and careers in the middle school population;
to encourage SFB student chapters to participate in K-8 outreach efforts;
to reward the communication skills and creativity of the next generation of biomaterials researchers and educators.

To participate in the Biomaterials Education Challenge, submit an abstract that addresses the following items:

Statement of purpose including target age group and group size
Description of activity methods including materials and budget
Assessment method and results

Finalists will be selected based on the submitted abstracts to present a poster to the panel of judges for this competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams.

Awardees will be required to submit module write-ups for their activities that will be hosted on the SFB website.

Entries should be emailed to dlemyre@biomaterials.org  by March 1, 2017. (Extended to March 3rd.)

Abstract Submission Form

Sample Abstract