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practice sessions sign-up

Practice sessions sign-up

Want to prepare for your presentation before the Jamboree officially kicks off? The sign-up page for practice sessions has now been posted! Please use this page to sign up for a time slot for presentation practice. Rooms for practice sessions are available Friday June 29th from 6pm-8pm.

June 26, 2012

wiki freeze

wiki freeze

Team wikis will be frozen Saturday June 16 at 11:59PM Boston time! The wikis will be thawed after the High School Jamboree for teams to add additional information.

June 15, 2012

SecondLife meeting

SecondLife meeting

The final SecondLife meeting will be Thursday June 14th from 6-8PM Boston time! We will be discussing the Jamboree and team preparations for this event, so be sure to attend!

June 12, 2012

Jamboree registration closed

registration now closed

Online registration for the Jamboree is now closed! Participants may register on-site in Greenfield, Indiana on the day of the Jamboree, Saturday June 30.

If you wish to participate in the Jamboree and have not yet registered, please send an email to registration (AT)

June 11, 2012

upcoming deadlines

upcoming deadlines

Several deadlines are coming up on Friday June 8th!

If you have any questions, send us an email at registration (AT)! Be sure to check out the complete Calendar of Events as well.

June 2, 2012

recap of SecondLife meeting

recap of SecondLife meeting

A recap of the first SecondLife team leader meeting is now available on the SecondLife page! Be sure to read it, as the meeting covered topics ranging from the Jamboree to the High School Division!

The next meeting will be on Thursday May 31, and we will be answering wetlab questions and wiki questions! Stay tuned for details.

May 18, 2012

SecondLife meetings

SecondLife meetings

Mark your calendars for the next team leader meetings in SecondLife! There will be three sessions so teams will have multiple opportunities to become familiar with using the program before the Jamboree in June. Be sure not to miss these meetings!

The first session will be on Thursday May 17th at 8:00PM Boston time in the Ars Simulacra region. The next two meetings will be on May 31 and June 14.

May 14, 2012

SecondLife guide

SecondLife guide

Prepare for the upcoming team leader meetings in SecondLife by checking out our guide!

We recommend the following:

  • reviewing the recommended computer specs before installing the SecondLife viewer program
  • wired internet connection
  • headset, to reduce echo during chat sessions

May 7, 2012

3A assembly kits

3A assembly kits

iGEM high school teams, a 3A assembly kit is on its way to you! The kit contains materials you can use to complete 3A assembly and make a composite part device that will turn your cells red! Kit components include:

  • miniprep supplies
  • competent cells
  • prepared DNA
  • agar plates
  • and more!

You can read more about 3A assembly here!

April 26, 2012

team project descriptions

team project descriptions

Curious about what the iGEM high school teams will be working on this year? Team project descriptions have been posted!

Be sure to check out the team wikis as well!

April 11, 2012

April team leader meeting

April team leader meeting

The next team leader meeting will be in Second Life! Please register for an account and make an avatar in Second Life. We will be discussing registration for the Jamboree, safety concerns, and the designs of circuits!

Stay tuned for more details and a time and date!

April 6, 2012

lodging for Jamboree

lodging for Jamboree

Country Inn & Suites in Greenfield, Indiana will offer a $69/night rate for all iGEM HS teams for the Jamboree in June! Call (317)467-0999 for reservations.

April 6, 2012

NEB offer for iGEM HS Teams

NEB offer for iGEM HS

New England Biolabs is offering a free reagent pack to all iGEM HS teams! Contact Lori Tonello at Tonello (at) neb (dot) com. The reagent pack includes:

  1. N0469S: Quick-Load(r) 2-Log DNA Ladder(0.1-10.0 kb)
  2. E0546S: BioBrick(tm) Assembly Kit (includes 4 restriction enzymes plus T4 DNA Ligase)
  3. M0289S: Antarctic Phosphatase
  4. Choose one PCR Polymerase from below:
  • M0254S: VentR(r) DNA Polymerase
  • M0273S: Taq DNA Polymerase with Standard Taq Buffer
  • M0270S: Taq 2X Master Mix
  • E5000S: Taq PCR Kit
  • M0482S: OneTaq(tm) 2X Master Mix with Standard Buffer
  • M0480S: OneTaq(tm) DNA Polymerase
  • M0486S: OneTaq(tm) Quick-Load(r) 2X Master Mix with Standard Buffer

April 6, 2012

team project description

Project descriptions due!

Team project descriptions will be due March 21! Be sure to update your team wiki with a brief description of the project your team will be working on this year.

For the complete Calendar of Events, click here.

March 1, 2012

Sponsor for iGEM HS Teams

Sponsor for iGEM HS

New England Biolabs is offering free reagents to all iGEM HS teams! Check the iGEM HS Sponsors page for more information on the offer!

February 27, 2012

Team Leader Meeting in April

Team Leader meeting in April

Next Team Meeting is in Second Life. Please make an avatar in Second Life. I will post the address for the meeting. Use the address to teleport to the location for the meeting. At this meeting we will discuss how we are going to use Second Life for the jamboree. Get your students to develop an avatar. The meeting will be in April, and date and time will be announced on this wiki.

February 27, 2012

online resources

online resources

Looking for protocols or tutorials? New to wiki-editing? The Resource page has links to your favorite databases, tutorials, software tools, and protocols!

Click here, or see the "Online resources" link in the blue box to the right.

February 24, 2012

DNA distributions now available

DNA distributions

DNA distributions for the high school teams are now available! Distribution kit plates will be sent to teams on a rolling basis, as each team is approved.

Remember, high school teams will need by February 29:

February 13, 2012

Team Leader Meeting February 18th

Team Leader meeting in April

Don't miss the Team Leader Meeting February 18th on Facebook! We will discuss the virtual jamboree, questions about registration and the competition, summer training sessions for synthetic biology, and feedback from this year.

February 8, 2012

consent forms

iGEM Consent forms

Consent forms for participating in the iGEM 2012 High School competition are available online!

Consent forms are required for all high school participants, including high school students, teachers, advisors, and faculty members (if your team will be using a university laboratory). Each team must also submit a principal consent form.

When all the forms have been completed, send the original hard copy to iGEM Headquarters at:

Meagan Lizarazo / iGEM
One Kendall Square
Building 600 - Suite B6104
Cambridge, MA 02139

Print out all your consent forms here!

January 30, 2012

HS registration is open

iGEM registration line

iGEM 2012 HS team registration is now open!

Instructors: register your team today.

Students: get your team leader to register your team.

Be sure to read the requirements for participating in iGEM HS and remember to fill out and send in the required consent forms!

The deadline to register is February 29, 2012.

January 26, 2012