Teacher Professional Development Series

21st-Century Lab Skills for the Biology Classroom

June 27 - 28, 2017

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

 

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

This introductory workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is designed to be a quick and easy introduction to 21st-century lab skills including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis. Teachers expand their knowledge of current biological research and explore new ways to teach general biology topics with hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs.

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


Laboratory Investigations Using DNA

July 11 - 13, 2017

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

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.

Student Level: High School

Hands-on Labs Exploring Proteins & Proteomics

July 18 - 20, 2017

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

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

In this advanced-level workshop, teachers explore hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs that use proteins to examine structure and function. Led by an expert teacher and Northwestern scientists, teachers are trained in protein-based techniques including chromatography, SDS-PAGE, and colorimetric assays. Teachers learn 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.


TRANSLATING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOR THE CLASSROOM

July 24 - August 4, 2017

Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

 

Northwestern Facilitators: Jewett Lab members, Ashley Walter & Emily Ferrin

Location: Northwestern University's Evanston campus

Five outstanding teachers will be selected to gain hands-on lab experience working alongside scientists in a Northwestern University research laboratory. Teachers will split their time between experiments “at the bench” and developing their own curriculum materials based on their research.

Student Level: High School

A BCSE GUEST WORKSHOP EXPLORING SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

August 1 - 3, 2017

Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

 

Facilitators: Tom Martinez (Glenbard East High School) & Jessica Stark (Northwestern University)

This three-day professional development opportunity is designed to prepare educators to bring biological engineering and synthetic biology into their classrooms and laboratories. The workshop includes lectures that connect the STEM aspects of these fields, labs and classroom activities available at www.BioBuilder.org, lunchtime discussions with members of the synthetic biology community, and activities that address the nuts and bolts of running an iGEM team.

Student Level: High School

21ST-CENTURY LAB SKILLS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM

August 9 - 11, 2017

Walter Payton College Prep

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Facilitator: Liz Martinez (Illinois Math & Science Academy)

This professional development workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is for middle school science teachers looking for ways to incorporate 21st-century biology skills and practices into their science curriculum. Teachers try out lab activities designed to provide an exciting, level-appropriate introduction to the world of biotech that will pave the way for further exploration at the high school level.

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


HOW TO BRING MORE SCIENCE INTO YOUR INVESTIGATIONS

Coming in Fall 2017

Facilitators: Mary Clark (Vernon Hills High School) & 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.