On March 3rd, 2014, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the Synthetic Biology Club had the honor of hosting a 4-hour long Fold-It Workshop at the Engineering Student Start-up Center (ESSC).
The Fold-it program was developed by the Baker Lab at the University of Washington. It is a revolutionary new computer game that tackles both protein structure prediction and protein design. The game takes advantage of people’s natural puzzle-solving intuition and competitive nature to best predict the structure of proteins. Users are also allowed to submit their own sequences and protein challenges. This game allow players to contribute to scientific research.
17 students got together on the day of the workshop, downloaded and learned Fold-it, and were given a special 3D printing demonstration by the ESSC. Dr. Baker himself Skyped in with our students using ESSC’s large interactive TV screen to answer questions about the game, his research, and the University of Washington graduate school program. The ESSC was the perfect location for this workshop, providing an intimate space with plenty of resources to engage a student’s creative side, as well as a special side conference room for lunch and debriefing.