BioIgnite’s mission is to develop students’ interest in biomedical sciences at an early age through integration of an innovative biomedical science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum, expert teachers, and biomedical career exposure in a camp for middle school students. BioIgnite’s teachers are young scientists and engineers who share their expertise in the latest research and technologies to students and develop hands-on activities to engage students in each topic. By investing in students’ futures now, we help prepare students for the growing healthcare, engineering, and biotechnology industries.
BioIgnite was founded by Georgia Tech BioEngineering graduate students who have a passion for sharing their knowledge of biomedical engineering with their local community. The group was initially funded by a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps for Learning grant to develop strategies for widespread adoption of an innovative educational tool they had created. Through this funding, the founders discovered a lack of opportunities for students to learn about exciting BioSTEM research in the classroom, and decided to form BioIgnite as a way to reach students outside the classroom at an early age. Camps are developed and taught by young scientists and engineers who are involved in cutting-edge biomedical research. These instructors bring energy, knowledge, and experience directly to the students to spark interest and curiosity in BioSTEM. Our camps are currently targeted towards middle school aged students.