Baxter Center Teacher Virtual Learning Series

Science Lab @ Home: Clark’s Favorite Remote Learning Science Resources

Baxter Center Teacher Meet-up (6/11) at 2pm: This Semester in Review

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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

Baxter Box @ Home Program

Planning for High School Science this Fall

The Baxter Center is excited to announce our new Baxter Box @ Home pilot program. We are looking for 10 teachers to work with us this summer to figure out the best ways for students to experience authentic science in their classrooms this fall, whether virtual or in person. This is an application based program; participants will receive a $500 stipend.

Participants will:

  • Get the materials and equipment delivered to you to try out at home. Participants will be able to select three of the outlined Baxter Box @ Home activities. Training and support around these labs will be provided from the Baxter Center team.
  • Create classroom materials (videos, worksheets, powerpoints, etc.) to help bring back the selected activity of the week to your students. These artifacts you create will be shared on Baxter Center platforms for other teachers to access.
  • Plan with a community of educators and Baxter Center staff to reflect on how activities can be brought back to their virtually and/or in-person classroom.
  • Receive CEUs and $500 stipend for participating.

Please complete the Baxter Box @ Home Application by July 1st at 11:59pm. Participants will receive their acceptance letters by July 3rd. Applicants are welcome to apply with a friend or a course team!

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.

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