Forensics & NGSS

Coming in Fall 2017

Facilitators: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor) & Scott McCartney (John Hancock College Prep)

Try out labs that engage students in NGSS Science and Engineering Practices while exploring key ideas in Forensics! Under the guidance of experienced high school teachers and Northwestern University scientists, teachers will learn new ways to introduce hands-on activities like Unknown Powder Identification, Blood Typing, Blood Splatter Evidence, DNA Gel Electrophoresis, and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science. 

The Invisible Made Visible

July 11 - 13, 2017

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

In this intermediate-level workshop, teachers try out open-ended, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs that explore DNA. Under the guidance of an expert teacher and scientists from Northwestern University, teachers learn DNA-based techniques including DNA gel electrophoresis and PCR (polymerase chain reaction). With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the  Baxter Box program.