Fostering Tomorrow's Innovators since 2009

The Baxter Center Case Study & Partnership Toolkit

Promising Practices in Corporate-School-University Partnerships


This case study highlights promising practices for building effective and sustainable STEM partnerships between K-12, industry, and university partners, grounded in the story of the Baxter Center. Check it out to learn more about how our Center got started, what we learned about successfully working with schools, and some of the impacts we have had along the way.

Community Partner Workshop Series

The Baxter Center is excited to work with a variety of partners to bring new learning opportunities to our audience of educators. Check out our offerings!

Interested in partnering with us? Contact us at to learn more.


Stage Chemistry with The Goodman Theatre

Saturday, March 5, 2022, 9:30am-12:00pm

This interactive workshop explores how science, technology, engineering, and math make the magic of theatre possible! Come see the stagecraft behind The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci and receive tickets to the show, CEUs, and be paid for your time.


Virtual Workshops

Earn CEUs anytime by joining us for a virtual workshop or exploring our On Demand options. Explore a range of topics to help you plan for instruction in your science classroom.

  • Baxter Box @ Home
    Join us for a virtual workshop and receive materials and equipment to follow along and test out new labs wherever you want! Attendees will also have the chance to plan with a community of educators and collaboratively design ways of bringing back engaging science experiences to your classroom. (Learn More)

  • On Demand Learning
    Illinois teachers can earn continuing education credits for watching bite-sized professional learning videos from anywhere! Here’s how it works: Watch the video. Write and submit a reflection on how what you watched could be used with your students. Complete an ISBE evaluation and hit submit! Not from Illinois but still want to watch our videos? Check out our YouTube channel! (Learn More)

BCSE Classroom Grant Program

Introducing The Baxter Center's Lab Grant Program! 

Is there an activity or tool you feel your students need this year to help them understand a crucial science concept but the cost just isn't in your department's budget? The Baxter Center would like to help! We are excited to announce a small grant program for schools across Chicago and Lake County to cover the cost of supplies and equipment that can meet an immediate learning need for students. 

Learn more about the application process HERE.



March 14, 2022: Applications are due

March 25, 2022: Winners are announced

The Baxter Box Program

The Baxter Box Program is back!

We know everyone is excited to get back to doing in-person labs and we are here to help. Everyone who has attended one of our workshops is eligible to borrow equipment and receive consumables to do labs with their students for FREE! Make your reservation today.

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
Total workshops

What our teachers are saying

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.
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.
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.

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.

Manager of Programs and Operations

Office of Community Education Partnerships

Jennifer Richards Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

School of Education and Social Policy

Natalie Turner

Administrative Aid

Office of Community Education Partnerships