Making a Difference Speaker Series: Bio Buddies

A conversation with student entrepreneurs Emily Takara, Trisha Sathish, Anne Hu (with Corrine Takara)



Brilliant Labs is pleased to host our next virtual speaker series event that will introduce three inspiring teen bio entrepreneurs. Join Emily, Trisha and Anne as they share their journey from tinkering in a neighbour's garage to attending the Biodesign Challenge Summit (2019) in NYC, where they won the Outstanding Field Research Award and the Runner Up to the Grand Prize. Corinne Takara won the Outstanding Instructor Award for her mentorship throughout their biomaking journey.


During their time in NYC, they had a display at Parsons School of Design in the Life in Reply gallery, presented at the New School, and presented at MoMA as finalists, and launched their GIY Bio Buddies Kits. These kits give young makers the materials they need to grow & explore kombucha leather and mycelium.




Emily Takara is a junior at Pinewood Upper Campus in Los Altos, California. She likes to draw, run, and craft. Her interest in the Biodesign Challenge comes from her love of exploring science and design. Emily enjoys making with others and has worked at Mini Makerfaire booths and community pop-up maker events for the past five years. She has been a finalist and a two-time Junior National Winner in the NASA-sponsored Future Engineers Design Challenge. In 2018, she was a National Teen Finalist in the Future Engineer Design Challenge. She is a recipient of a Kurt Gieseler Foundation Ambition Grant. ​https://emilytakaraportfolio.weebly.com/​




Trisha Sathish​ is a junior at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California and has been making for as long as she can remember. In her free time, she loves to read, paint, and dance. Her recent interest in integrating biology with artistic aspects is what caused her to get involved with the Biodesign Challenge. She has been 3D print designing since 2014 and has worked at a Makerfaire booth with her local art school. She has also been a National Finalist in the Junior Strand and a National Semifinalist in the Teen Strand of Future Engineer Design Challenge. She is a recipient of a Kurt Giessler Foundation Ambition Grant.



Anne Hu is a senior at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California. She is a captain of her school’s varsity basketball and softball team. She loves to create art through digital art, photography and crafting. Her photography was selected by National Geographic for display in the Vice President’s house in 2015. Her interest in the Biodesign Challenge stems from her passions for science and learning. She has been designing and 3D printing since 2014.


Corinne Okada Takara of Okada Design and the Nest Garage Makerspace was their instructor for the 2019 Biodesign Challenge project journey.



Join in on the conversation on Thursday, April 15th at 1:30 pm AST

Students, Teachers, and parents are encouraged to join independently or in groups.


Register Here: https://bit.ly/BLAprilSpeaker








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