Planning for High School Science this Fall

July 12, 2021 - July 29, 2021

Virtual | Zoom

The Baxter Center is excited to run the Baxter Box @ Home: Summer 2021 program. We are looking for 20 teachers to work with us this summer to explore fun, hands-on Biotechnology labs.

Participants will:

  • Get the materials and equipment delivered to you to try out at home. Participants will be able to select three Baxter Box @ Home activities. Training and support around these labs will be provided from the Baxter Center team.
  • 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 for participating.


Please complete the Baxter Box @ Home Application by June 20th at 11:59pm. Applicants are welcome to apply with a friend or a course team!

In accordance with the mission of our program to promote equity in science education, we will prioritize Chicagoland educators who represent and serve communities that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) as well as communities with a significant proportion of low-income families.


June 20th

Application Due 

Please click here to apply.

June 20-25th

Applications accepted

Applicants who are accepted in the program will be notified by July 25th.

June 5th - July 9th

Baxter Box Drop-off or Curbside Pick-up

Participants will be able to choose whether they would like the material to be dropped off or to be picked up at Northwestern.


July 12th  

10am - 12pm


Week 1 

Together, we will test out miniPCR’s DNA Glow Lab: Exploring DNA Structure.

July 19th 

10am - 12pm


Week 2

Participants will have the opportunity to test miniPCR’s Sickle Cell Genetics Lab: Diagnosing Baby Marie or their Electrophoresis Forensics Lab: Wrongfully Convicted? Lab.

July 26th 

10am - 12pm


Week 3

Participants will have the opportunity to test miniPCR’s Genotype to Phenotype: PTC Taster or GMO Detection lab.

July 29th 

10am - 12pm


Program Conclusion 

Final meeting to review and reflect on activities and the overall program.

Weekly Schedule

  • Monday Meet-up from 10am-12pm (required): Two hour check-in to introduce the activity of the week, review questions and comments, share our work from the previous week.
  • Thursday Office Hour from 10-10:30am (optional): Time for teachers to work with Baxter Center teacher leaders and staff to review any technical questions about the lab. (ex. How do I use a pipette? How do I make agarose gels?)

Baxter Box @ Home Activities


  • What will I receive? Participants will receive a Baxter Box that is equivalent to a demo science kit. We will do our best to provide everything you need to run this experiment at home.
  • What am I expected to do? We hope to brainstorm together on how to make the kits you receive meaningful for your students, whether it's in-person, hybrid or virtual.
  • How much time per week do I have to commit to? We estimate that this will be a 5 hour commitment per week. There will be a two hour weekly check-in on Mondays + time spent working individually on labs (estimated three hours).
  • What do I need? We will do our best to provide everything you need (equipment, consumables, and training) to be able to participate in the program and complete experiments at home.
  • How will I receive the Baxter Box? We will have curbside pick up available at Northwestern. If you are unable to meet us, we'd be happy to drop off the materials directly to you. 

Please email any questions and/or comments at