iGEM is the most incredible contest in the world for giving students the opportunity to create, plan, start and make a SynBio project for and by themselves.

- student participant

Love iGEM. Love synthetic bio. Love science.

- student participant

All the students had rave reviews [of the High School Jamboree] and I know they will look back at it as a highlight of their high school experience. In addition to the great science on display, all my students commented on how awesome it was to develop collegial relationships with students from around the world.

- team instructor

What is the High School Division?

The iGEM High School Division is an exciting way for high school students and instructors to learn about and engage in synthetic biology. Synthetic Biology is a growing area of science that fuses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The High School division brings synthetic biology from the world of academia into local communities.

The iGEM High School season runs from October to May and culminates in the High School Jamboree in June. Teams spend the fall semester learning about synthetic biology, gaining laboratory experience, and developing their project ideas. The spring semester is when teams perform the bulk of the work necessary for their project. The Jamboree in June allows teams to present their projects to a panel of judges as well as to their peers and other iGEM High School teams.


2011 Competition

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2014 Competition

2015 Competition


Summer Training

Are you worried that you can not do synthetic biology? Interested in how you can use synthetic biology in the classroom. Attend a synthetic biology workshop! You will learn how to incorporate synthetic biology into biology, AP biology, biotech, and other science or engineering classes. You will learn through hands-on labs. The labs will show you the mathematical and engineering side of synthetic biology and touch up on your genetics. The last day of the workshop will be towards developing an iGEM team at your high school.

If you are interested please contact Rebecca Schini at rebecca@igem.org or rschini@gcsc.k12.in.us.

Build a Team

How to organize your team


Requirements for participation

Judging Criteria


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Opportunities for High School iGEMers