Science is reliant on new ideas to drive society forward and who better to look for that innovation than students? The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (IGEM) provides the perfect backdrop to tap not only into the creative juices of new scientists, but the competitive drive of youths worldwide. Our infographic looks into the history of the IGEM competition (http://2012.igem.org/Main_Page) and the neat inventions that have resulted from it. Take a look!

Assay Depot is launching it’s own competition for Bay Area scientists of all ages to submit their research plans. We will provide two prizes of $5000 and one under-18 prize of $1000 (and BioCurious will provide one-year membership to it’s laboratory hackerspace!); we want to provide as many opportunities for budding scientists.

Find out more about the “Open Science Challenge” here: