Bio-Coding Club Curriculum
Welcome to the Bio-Coding Club curriculum. The goal of this curriculum is to give educators all the tools needed to run successful student-driven coding projects related to biology – and to boost student interest in STEM by making science fun.
The Broad Institute created the Bio-Coding Club, in collaboration with Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as an after-school program to teach students in grades 6-8 about both biology and coding. The club met weekly for 75 minutes. A team of professional scientists, all volunteers from the Broad Institute, served as mentors. Club meetings generally started with a snack and a discussion of a biology topic. Students then took part in a hands-on activity before moving on to practice coding with the coding language Scratch (scratch.mit.edu).
Click below to download the lessons, and keep checking back for new modules that will be published.
The suggested order for utilizing the Bio-Coding Club curriculum is outlined below, but sticking to this order is not strictly necessary.
Questions? Email DEO@broadinstitute.org
This module consists of 6+ lessons about the human microbiome with hands-on activities that introduce students to genetics and the effect microbes have on human health. Activities are paired with a Scratch project that challenges students to create a bacterium and then code it to move through a maze to get to a food source. The lessons you’ll find here are suggestions; they can be modified to fit your program’s resources and students.
This module consists of 6+ lessons about infectious disease with hands-on activities about epidemiology, herd immunity, handwashing, and vaccine development. Each activity is paired with a self-contained Scratch project that can be personalized or made more complex if time or interest allows. The lessons you’ll find here are suggestions; they can be modified to fit your program’s resources and students.