The Baxter Symposium will be on April 17, 2020!

We are excited to announce that the rescheduled Baxter Symposium will happen April 17, 2020! It will take place at Lindblom Math & Science Academy to celebrate 10 years of partnership between Lindblom, Baxter International, Inc., and Northwestern University. We look forward to honoring our founders as well as all of you!

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: March 12, 2020

Show your students genetics in action with the PTC Taster Lab!

Event Date: March 19, 2020

Can’t get that disc lab to work? Learn a couple of alternative cellular respiration labs that are actually easy to use!

Event Date: April 17, 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 Spring 2020!!

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