Biohackathon: scratch programming for kids

23 March 2019, Geneva

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As part of the Open Geneva Innovation Festival, the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics invites the general public to meet with bioinformaticians to get some insights into how computer programming can be applied to life science problems.

Overview: scratch programming for kids

Many biological questions can be analysed via computer programs. This event is addressed to children at the age of 9 to 14 years who want to discover and experience how scientists use computers and write computer programs to analyse biological questions. Participants will be introduced to the scratch programming language and will build teams to write small applications for bioinformatics problems. The event will be mainly in French and partially in English.

© Rainer Stropek

  • Participants need to bring their own portable computers (Windows, Mac or Linux) or tablet
  • If possible, download and install Scratch Desktop on your computer
  • Max. capacity: 25 kids

13:30 - 14:00 Registration - preparation of machines
14:00 - 14:25 Introduction, biology, bioinformatics
14:25 - 15:00 Scratch tutorial
15:00 - 15:45 First practical experience with Scratch
15:45 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 17:30 Programming in teams
17:30 - 18:00 Summary and presentation of results

Background, tutorial and exercises (in French)


The event takes place at:

International School of Geneva
STEM Centre
62, route de ChĂȘne
CH-1208 Geneva

Contact and Questions

For any questions concerning the event, please contact us via the link below:

Organising Committee

This event is organised and presented by the following members of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics:

In collaboration with: