We’re proud to be partnering with The Knowledge Society (TKS) for another challenge to the next generation of innovators, scientists, and entrepreneurs. 

TKS is a global community of the world’s most curious, driven, and ambitious young people who want to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. As part of our BenchSci Forward initiative to improve diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), we’re excited to partner with TKS to create our second-annual challenge for high school students and give them a chance to tackle a real-world problem. 

Last summer’s challenge was an enlightening experience for all BenchSciers and we can’t wait to see what the students come up with this year.  Watch a recap of the first challenge below for a sample of some of the ingenuity and energy TKS participants shared:

What is the 2022 BenchSci x TKS Challenge?

Last year we asked 18 teams of high school students to come up with ways to leverage BenchSci's infrastructure for new use cases. The winning team, Nos Machina, got to spend a few weeks after the challenge with our teams depending on their area of interest. This year, the challenge is back with a bold question: How can BenchSci help scientists understand the underlying biology and mechanism of drugs?

Over the coming weeks, members of the TKS community will work together to come up with new, innovative ways to potentially solve drug-related mysteries, including exactly how some drugs work. Working in teams of four or five participants, students will have a month to come up with a solution and create a pitch presentation for our judges. The winning team will receive $5,000.

During the competition, TKS teams will have access to office hours with mentors from BenchSci to level up their skills. All of our mentors have industry experience in drug development, biochemistry, software engineering, marketing, management, and more in order to guide students to a complete solution. 

What is BenchSci Forward?

We launched BenchSci Forward in early 2021 with the mission of extending the positive impact BenchSci can have on the world. One of these focus areas is supporting historically disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in STEM who continue to face systemic and disproportionate barriers that impede their entry and progress in these fields. BenchSci contributes to the TKS scholarship program which supports students requiring financial aid to participate in the TKS program.

As we move forward as a company and continue to scale, we’ll be looking for new and improved ways we can make an impact on the world. 

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Written By:
Christopher Guest