High School

Biotech Basic Training

June 26 - 28, 2018

 

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

This introductory workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is designed to be a quick and easy introduction to 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis. Teachers expand their knowledge of current biological research and explore new ways to teach topics in biotechnology with hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.

Research Experience for Teachers

July 16 - 27, 2018

 

Northwestern Facilitators: Jewett Lab members, Ashley Walter & Emily Ferrin

Location: Northwestern University's Evanston campus

Five outstanding teachers will be selected to gain hands-on lab experience working alongside scientists in a Northwestern University research laboratory. Teachers will split their time between experiments “at the bench” and developing their own curriculum materials based on their research.

The 7th Annual Baxter Symposium

May 15, 2018

The Baxter Symposium is an event designed to excite and inspire teachers to bring cutting edge life science activities to their classrooms. We accomplish this by providing a day of real-world science and hands-on lab activities that show life sciences in the 21st century are exciting and amazing! 

Attendee will have the chance to:

BioBuilder

July 31 - August 2, 2018

 

Facilitators: Tom Martinez (Glenbard East High School) & Jessica Stark (Northwestern University)

This three-day professional development opportunity is designed to prepare educators to bring biological engineering and synthetic biology into their classrooms and laboratories. The workshop includes lectures that connect the STEM aspects of these fields, labs and classroom activities available at www.BioBuilder.org, lunchtime discussions with members of the synthetic biology community, and activities that address the nuts and bolts of running an iGEM team.

CPS Biology Framework Series - Unit 3 Part 2

March 6, 2018

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to support students with exploring multiple sets of data to construct an explanation about evolution. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. 

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science for CPS teachers. Substitute coverage will be made available for CPS teachers. 

Registration is open for CPS teachers through the Learning Hub: Course Code 38378

CPS Biology Framework Series - Unit 5

May 16, 2018

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to facilitate a model-based inquiry unit that connects DNA and homeostasis. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. Participants will deepen understanding of how to use real-world phenomena to engage students with core ideas in biology.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science for CPS teachers. Substitute coverage will be made available for CPS teachers. 

Registration is open for CPS teachers through the Learning Hub: Course Code 38380

CPS Biology Framework Series - Unit 4

April 24, 2018

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to deepen understanding of how to use real-world phenomena to engage students with core ideas about inheritance and variation. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. 

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science for CPS teachers. Substitute coverage will be made available for CPS teachers. 

Registration is open for CPS teachers through the Learning Hub: Course Code 38379

Programming Life: Engineering Student Creativity using Synthetic Biology

November 12, 2014

Synthetic biologists program living cells to tackle today’s challenges. Biofuels, safer foods, anti-malarial drugs, less toxic cancer treatment, biodegradable adhesives —all fuel for young students’ imaginations. In this webinar, MIT instructor and BioBuilder founder Dr. Natalie Kuldell will explore the science, technology, engineering, and math aspects of synthetic biology and biological engineering. She will also introduce the many resources BioBuilder provides to teachers and students, including hands-on activities, teacher workshops,online animations, and community forums. High school biology teacher and BioBuilder instructor Tom Martinez will explain some of the practical aspects of running BioBuilder labs and discuss ways to relate synthetic biology to topics in your current biology course.

Dr. Natalie KuldellMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Tom Martinez, Glenbard East High School

Watch the recording of the webinar here.

Outbreak! Saving the World One Egg at a Time

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that a new antibiotic-resistant bacterial disease has begun spreading through Illinois and could potentially become a national epidemic. It is imperative that a new antibiotic is developed to combat this infection.

In fact, there is not a new antibiotic-resistant bacterial disease in Illinois, but in recent years, antibiotic resistant diseases have become a global problem including in our own communities in Chicago.