Toledo Biodesign Competition Finals

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Presented by the University of Toledo in partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art, the Biodesign Challenge offers art, engineering and environmental studies students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student research, community engagement, and innovation.

This course, taught by UT faculty, Eric Zeigler and Brian Carpenter, is part of an international cohort of universities working to promote a multidisciplinary approach to real world problems.

The five groups of students have defined a problem, created a solution, and are now in the prototyping stage. The topics they are researching are:

  • Remediation of fish waste through the production of a 3D printable material.
  • Easing issues of human flow in refugee situations with microbial electricity generation.
  • Remediation of excess tree leaves into insulation panels for existing structures.
  • Deployment of water based drones to remove algae from the Toledo water intake in Lake Erie, and other algal bloom sites.
  • A newly designed honeybee hive that reduces colony collapse disorder with the use of biomaterials.

Following the student presentations, enjoy a reception will the judges make their decision!

The Biodesign Challenge offers art and design students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student work. Classrooms of participating schools are connected with a team of biologists and experts to guide the students as they develop their ideas. At the University of Toledo, Art students, Bioengineering students, Environmental Science students, and Honors students will break into teams to tackle real and pressing biological issues with Biotechnology solutions. Student teams will research, iterate, prototype, and defend solutions to these issues in a competition at the end of the semester at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. A wide range of people from the community who are experts in art, design, and biology will judge the competition.

The winning student team will join the instructors for a trip to MoMA in New York in June of 2018 for an international competition against 29 other schools. The students will be competing for prizes offered by the Biodesign Challenge, as well as prizes from organizations who support the challenge.


Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion
2444 Monroe Street
Toledo, OH 43620 (map)

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