High School

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 9-12pm

Ms. Nina Hike (CPS, George Westinghouse College Prep) will help you introduce a social justice science issue to existing curricula, brainstorming how to connect science with students’ lived experiences. Ms. Hike will also share an example chemistry unit she developed for her students that allows them to investigate local and national Environmental Racism issues and Elements. Students develop and use chemistry models to make sense of scientific principles and vocabulary words and the socio-economic factors that led to environmental pollution disproportionately having a negative impact on communities of color. Materials will be shared with attendees so they may adapt the lessons for use with their students. Note: Session one and two will be covering the same content. 

Ms.Hike is currently working on her doctoral research on microaggressions in science education.

 

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 5-8pm

Ms. Nina Hike (CPS, George Westinghouse College Prep) will help you introduce a social justice science issue to existing curricula, brainstorming how to connect science with students’ lived experiences. Ms. Hike will also share an example chemistry unit she developed for her students that allows them to investigate local and national Environmental Racism issues and Elements. Students develop and use chemistry models to make sense of scientific principles and vocabulary words and the socio-economic factors that led to environmental pollution disproportionately having a negative impact on communities of color. Materials will be shared with attendees so they may adapt the lessons for use with their students. Note: Session one and two will be covering the same content. 

Ms.Hike is currently working on her doctoral research on microaggressions in science education.

 

Nina Hike (CPS)
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 4 - 6:30pm

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students in creative problem solving while they learn a little chemistry along the way? Introducing Smart Windows, a series of NGSS-aligned lessons developed by Nina Hike, a chemistry teacher at George Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago Public Schools, based on two summers of research she conducted with James Rondinelli, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University. The first 35 registrants will receive a  $125 Amazon gift card for supplies!

Click on the workshop title to learn more!

Nina Hike (CPS)
Saturday, January 9, 2021 | 9 - 11:30am

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students in creative problem solving while they learn a little chemistry along the way? Introducing Smart Windows, a series of NGSS-aligned lessons developed by Nina Hike, a chemistry teacher at George Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago Public Schools, based on two summers of research she conducted with James Rondinelli, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University. The first 35 registrants will receive a  $125 Amazon gift card for supplies!

​Click on the workshop title to learn more!

Cancelled

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm (dinner provided)

Location: Round Lake Senior High School, 800 High School Drive, Round Lake, IL 60073 

To taste or not to taste, that is the question. In the PTC Taster Lab you will examine how small genetic variations called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can change our ability to perceive the world around us. The human sense of taste is composed of an intricate neurophysiological network, but as we’ll see in this lab, it only takes a few small changes in our DNA to change the way we taste. Alleles of the TAS2R38 taste receptor gene can confer the phenotypic ability to taste the chemical Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and other bitter flavors. You will PCR amplify your own TAS2R38 taste receptor gene and use DNA restriction analysis to determine whether you have taster or non-taster version of the gene. You can determine whether you are homozygous or heterozygous for this trait, and correlate your genotype with your own ability to taste PTC (and foods that contain related chemicals, such as broccoli).

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, General Biology, AP Biology, Health Sciences, or Biotechnology students. 

Participants will be able to access all materials needed for the lab FOR FREE through our Baxter Box Equipment Loaner Program.

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!

Attendees will have the chance to:

  • Connect with scientists and hear about their cutting-edge research.
  • Learn about hands-on, NGSS-aligned lab activities led by educators who have successfully used them in their classrooms.
  • Attend a free event for high school & middle school teachers.
  • Enter lab equipment give-aways!
  • Earn CPDUs for attendance.
July 25th - August 5th from 9am - 3pm

Does the idea of gaining research experience at a university lab sound exciting to you? The Research Experience for Teachers is a 2 week, paid program that gives five outstanding teachers the opportunity to conduct experiments with members of Professor Michael Jewett’s lab and work on curriculum development with Baxter Center staff.

Professor Jewett is a member of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. The Jewett lab is at the cutting edge of synthetic biology and develops cell-free biological technology for biomanufacturing life-saving therapeutics, advanced materials, and sustainable chemicals, both quickly and on-demand. For more information about the Jewett Lab visit their website.

Experiments and techniques that teachers will work on include:

  • Cell-free protein synthesis
  • DNA manipulation/cloning
  • Biobits/CRISPR
  • Biosensor
  • Biobits pilot for luciferase

Logistics:

  • Dates: July 25th - August 5th
  • Times: 9am - 3pm
  • Location: Northwestern University (Evanston)
  • Facilitators: The Jewett Lab and The Baxter Center
  • Stipend: $2,000

Apply by Friday, July 15th!

https://northwestern.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b7oeMzMPdTM7CZw

If you have any questions, please reach out to The Baxter Center at bcse@northwestern.edu. We look forward to working with you!

Cancelled

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Location: Round Lake Senior High School, 800 High School Drive, Round Lake, IL 60073

We provide the space and supplies for science teachers to explore and rework Biotech labs. 

  • Have you ever wanted to design your own microbiology experiment?
  • Have you tried an ELISA assay and had it not work?
  • Have you ever wanted to rewrite the storyline for a DNA analysis lab?
  • Have you ever wanted to make your own algae beads?

Join us for a day of self-guided exploration where you can try out anything in our supply closet (check out available labs HERE). We will be on-hand to answer your questions as you troubleshoot, experiment, and tinker!

Cancelled

Facilitator: Mary Clark

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Location: Lindblom Math & Science Academy 6130 S. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60636

We provide the space and supplies for science teachers to explore and rework Biotech labs. 

  • Have you ever wanted to design your own microbiology experiment?
  • Have you tried an ELISA assay and had it not work?
  • Have you ever wanted to rewrite the storyline for a DNA analysis lab?
  • Have you ever wanted to make your own algae beads?

Join us for a day of self-guided exploration where you can try out anything in our supply closet (check out available labs HERE). We will be on-hand to answer your questions as you troubleshoot, experiment, and tinker!

Cancelled

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Location: Round Lake Senior High School, 800 High School Drive, Round Lake, IL 60073

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to explore a variety of NGSS-alignedhands-on labs selected to introduce and reinforce basic life science concepts in their classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis into their curriculum in a meaningful way. 

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