ASIJ iGEM Team Competes in Boston Jamboree

ASIJ’s first iGEM team, ASIJ_Tokyo, went to Boston for the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition from October 27th to November 2nd 2016. A team of seven students along with their teacher and advisor, Beth Crissy (high school science), represented ASIJ at iGEM this year, presenting their project on Fast Pace PETase, which focuses on optimizing the biodegradation and bioremediation of PET plastic, using the enzymatic pathway of PETase.

The ASIJ_Tokyo team includes seniors Kien Malarney, Lauren Sekiguchi, Margarette Emin Lee, Prateeksha Rout, Tomi Mcguire and Choryu Sun as well as sophomore Marina Takehana. Prateeksha updates us on their participation at iGEM. Continue reading


Python Playtime

Heidi L’Heureux (kindergarten teacher) tells the story of her kindergarten class’ learning adventure leading up to and after a visit from an unusual pet.

Squeals and laughter came from the kindergarten classroom as our young learners pounded, kneaded and rolled bread dough, forming the sticky balls into long squiggly snakes. “It looks like Mojave!” shouted one child. Mojave, Kate’s python, had come to our classroom earlier that day. His long awaited visit had come after weeks of investigating and learning about snakes.

“Why are you learning about snakes?” many have asked. The story goes like this… Continue reading


Tokyo Institute of Technology Visits Biology Class

Beth Crissy (HS Science Department Chair) details a recent visit by professors and students  from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) to our high school bioengineering class.

On September 14, our bioengineering class and International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition Team welcomed another iGem Team, comprised of Tokyo Institute of Technology professors Dr. Masayuki Yamamura (Professor of Engineering) and Dr. Nobutaka Nakashima (Professor of Molecular Biology) as well as three of their undergraduate students. Continue reading


Kotoba-no-jyugyo: A Class for Words and Language

Mariko Yokosuka and Kyoko Takano (Japan Center Co-Directors) recently introduced teachers and students to a unique workshop called “Kotoba-no-jyugyo: A Class for Words and Language,” available only through the Yomiuri Education Network, a non-profit educational support organization linked to Yomiuri Shimbun (Newspaper). The opportunity to bring this workshop to our students is the result of a new partnership between ASIJ and the Yomiuri Group, which is comprised of entities such as the Yomiuri Shimbun, Yomiuri Amusement Park, Nippon Television, Yomiuri Culture Schools and the Yomiuri Giants. Continue reading