Bio-Coding Club with the Broad Institute

The Broad Institute’s Office of Diversity, Education and Outreach will once again open its Bio-Coding Club to all Cambridge 6th, 7th, and 8th graders virtually this spring.  Club participants will have the opportunity to learn the Scratch programming language from Broad Institute scientists while also using hands-on activities to explore the world of biology.  The Club will meet online on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:00.  

Sign up for the Bio-Coding Club here.


Additional Program Benefits

  • Create your own projects in Scratch 
  • Receive the companion activity kit from the Broad in the mail 
  • Meet and interact with other Cambridge middle schoolers
  • Learn about the work of Broad scientists
  • Free to all students



Students must be residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts and currently in 6th-8th grade.  There is a cap of 30 students for the Club.


Important Dates

The first meeting is Wednesday, January 27, from 3:15-4:00. Sign up for the Bio-Coding Club here by January 24.


Spring Schedule

(Sample schedule may be subject to change) 

Date Bio Activity Scratch Activity
January 27 Introductions & Icebreakers Account Sign-Up
February 3 Neurons: A Model Neuron Game I
February 10 Vision & Taste Neuron Game II
February 17 February Vacation No Meeting
February 24 Memory Neuron Game III
March 3 Tangrams Trivia Game I
March 10 Optical Illusions Trivia Game II
March 17 Natural Selection Survival of the Fittest Game I
March 24 Mutations Survival of the Fittest Game II
March 31 Family Trees Survival of the Fittest Game III
April 7 Bots Project of Your Choice
April 14 Wrap Up and Share Project of Your Choice 


For more information about the Broad’s Bio-Coding Club, email Ashley Johnson (

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