Baxter Center Teacher Virtual Learning Series

What does education research tell us about principles for remote learning?

Zoom Meetup: Thursday, April 9, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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We are excited to introduce our new Baxter Center Teacher Virtual Learning Series!

Every Wednesday we will introduce a bite-sized video (~10 minutes or less) on a topic of interest to educators. Every Thursday we will host a short online meet-up for teachers to discuss what they are seeing with their students and best practices around that topic. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Have an idea of something you would like to see? Reach us via Twitter (@BCSE_NU) or email us at

The Baxter Symposium will be postponed until Fall 2020.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel all events in March and April and to suspend the Baxter Box program until further notice. This includes the Baxter Symposium which is being rescheduled for Fall 2020. Thank you all for helping us keep our communities safe!

Please visit for more information on how the coronavirus is impacting our community.

Think Outside the Kit

We provide life science workshops and curriculum resources for middle and high school teachers in the Chicago area.


LET US HELP YOU create more engaging, skills-based learning experiences for your students using hands-on life science activities. No prior experience necessary, and we’ll provide the materials and equipment. For free.

Professional Development Series

Whether you’re new to teaching life science or you’re a pro looking for more training, we can help you "think outside the kit."

Our professional development workshops, provided at no cost to teachers, give you the chance to try out great lab activities with the help of academic and industry professionals.

Event Date: Rescheduled for Fall 2020

The Baxter Symposium is an event full of real-world science and hands-on lab activities that delve into 21st-century life science ideas and technology.

We are rescheduling for Fall 2020

Event Date: Originally Scheduled for April 23, 2020

CANCELLED: Teach Central Dogma with cutting edge synthetic biology right in your classroom!

Event Date: June 16 - 18, 2020

New to the BCSE? Try this one day introduction to 21st-century lab skills and practices, including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis.

Registration is open now!!

Baxter Box Loaner Program

We have the supplies and equipment you need to bring cutting-edge life science activities to your classroom.

Teachers who are trained in our professional development workshops are given free access to our Baxter Box materials and equipment loaner program.

Classroom Support

Doing high-level, hands-on labs with students is always easier with a helping hand.

Once you’re part of the BCSE community you’ve got our support. We offer webinars, video chat "office hours," and an open phone line for you to get the help you need to keep your students engaged with lab activities. We will also visit your classroom to help you implement the labs you learn with us.

Our Work in the Chicagoland Area

Total teachers trained
Baxter Box lab kits distributed
Chicago Public School teachers trained
since 2009
estimated students reached
Total schools reached
Chicago Public Schools reached
The BCSE allows teachers to stay up to date with the advancement of technology in science. By helping the teachers stay up to date and by providing activities that can be implanted into the classroom, it allows the future generation to have exposure to new developments in biotechnology at a young age. This hopefully will inspire the students to pursue careers in science.
Neshell Graham, Teacher @ Curie Metropolitan High School
The BCSE helps out teachers who teach at schools with limited resources get the resources and instructive know how they otherwise would not be able to obtain.
Jason Holmes, Teacher @ Roberto Clemente High School
Holy moly, this center is GREAT! I appreciate your outreach, enthusiasm, and expertise. It is really amazing to have this kind of access to a research institution and you are all so helpful in making this type of science accessible to our students.
Aparna Puppala, Teacher @ Glenbrook South High School

Our Team

Emily Ferrin, Ph.D.
Program Director & Resident Scientist
Baxter Center for Science Education
Ashley Walter, M.S.
Program & Partnership Coordinator
Baxter Center for Science Education
Natalie Bueno, B.S.
Program & Partnership Coordinator
Baxter Center for Science Education
Amy D. Pratt, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Community Education Partnerships
School of Education and Social Policy
Sachin Pradhan M.S.
Software Developer
Office of Community Education Partnerships
Emily DePalma, M.Ed.
Research Program Coordinator
Office of Community Education Partnerships