RAIN Education Programs

iGEM TEam

iGEM is a prestigious worldwide synthetic biology competition. The RAIN team represents Tacoma and works to solve problems facing the Puget Sound community, while propelling our student scientists to greater heights. Students learn:

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  • Fundamental lab techniques

  • Organizational team-working skills

  • Public speaking & technical communication skills

  • Processes for innovative thinking and design

  • The problem-solving power of synthetic biology


RAIN Girls Who Code

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Girls Who Code is a free after-school program for 6th-12th grade girls to learn fundamental coding skills and principles, and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models.

RAIN GWC focuses on using computer science to solve problems. Girls learn to plan projects, take responsibility for one piece of a collaborative project, and deliver to the team. Clubs are led by adult facilitators. 

Superheroes of Science

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The Superheroes of Science lecture series brings renowned scientists to RAIN’s downtown Tacoma location. The storytellers unfold their work and its importance, fantastic failures and lessons learned, the future of their field, and war stories from the lab.

Now open to the public, this growing event brings the local science community together, serves as a platform for networking and cross-pollination, and empowers students with lessons they can leverage to be successful in their careers.


BioEngineering Summer Camp


Class Visits, Demos, and Field Trips

The RAIN Science Team assists local schools to expose students to synthetic biology using interactive pop-up learning experiences. These experiences are complementary to a classroom curriculum and are designed to get students excited about the potential of the Life Sciences.