High School

Intro to Forensic Biotech

Wednesday, May 1st, 5-8pm

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling, Hoffman Estates High School

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Try out labs that engage students in NGSS Science and Engineering Practices while exploring key ideas in forensics! Under the guidance of an experienced high school teacher and Northwestern University scientists, teachers will learn new ways to introduce the concepts involved in DNA analysis using: 

  • Forensic DNA Fingerprinting Lab from Bio-Rad
  • Candy Dye Analysis using Gel Electrophoresis from Bio-Rad

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

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Intro to Biotech - Chicago

June 25 - 27, 2019

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

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

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.

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Intro to Biotech - Lake County

June 18 - 20, 2019

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling, Hoffman Estates High School

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.

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Research Experience for Teachers

July 22 - August 2, 2019

 

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

Location: Northwestern University's Evanston campus

Extended Application is open now! CLICK HERE. Completed applications are due May 3. 

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.

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Disease Outbreaks!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 5:00pm-8:00pm

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling (AP Biology and Dual-Credit Biology Instructor)

Investigate the spread of a disease through your classroom with this hands-on lab! We’ll use the power of a real ELISA assay to identity patient zero and to see who tests positive for the disease. You can use this same lab to mimic transmission of diseases like Ebola, HIV, and H1N1.

The 7th Annual Baxter Symposium

October 9, 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!

Attendees will have the chance to:

  • Connect with scientists and hear about their cutting-edge research.
  • Try out hands-on, NGSS-aligned curriculum modules led by educators who have successfully used them in their classrooms.
  • Attend a free event for high school & middle school teachers.
  • Receive FREE lab materials for all attendees!
  • Enter lab equipment give-aways!
  • Earn 6 CPDUs.

A Note on Location: This year’s Baxter Symposium will be held at Round Lake Senior High School in Round Lake, Illinois to celebrate the opening of our new Baxter Center North! We are excited to partner with Round Lake to support Lake County science teachers as they create more engaging, skills-based learning experiences for their students. Next year’s symposium will be celebrating 10 years of the Baxter Center for Science Education at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago!

For the schedule and information from last year's Symposium, CLICK HERE.

CPS High School Leadership Academy

August 13 - 16, 2018

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm, Monday - Thursday

Facilitators: Josh Paschedag, Laura Decker, and Jenny Sarna

Whether you’re new to teaching science or you’re a pro looking for more training, we can help you transform your teaching practices for the NGSS era. Spend four days with the district’s high school science specialists unpacking Ambitious Science Teaching practices designed to ensure your lessons are intellectually rigorous, engaging, and accessible for all of your students.

 

This workshop is an opportunity for individual teachers, course teams, and science departments to explore the new exemplar curriculum developed for the district, practice new strategies for the classroom, and grow as leaders. This will be accomplished through experiencing example lessons as learners, unpacking AST practices, classroom video reflection, a deep dive into the new science framework, and through having the space and time to engage with relevant pedagogy. Participants will receive a stipend of $600 for their time.

 

To apply, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/H5VhRlwGEyDMv7iq2

Practical Biotech for Life Science Electives

June 28, 2018

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

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers of upper level high school electives like Biotech, Microbiology, Genetics, and Forensics to try out new hands-on activities selected to introduce students to real-world techniques used in modern laboratories. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills including pipetting, DNA gel electrophoresis, PCR (polymerase chain reactions), and SDS-PAGE protein analysis into their curriculums in a meaningful way. With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills. 

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

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Practical Biotech for AP Biology

June 27, 2018

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

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to try out new twists on traditional AP Biology labs as a way to introduce and reinforce the Big Ideas of the course. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, DNA gel electrophoresis, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) into their course in a meaningful way. With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills.

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

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Practical Biotech for General Biology

June 26, 2018

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

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to explore a variety of NGSS-alignedhands-on labs selected to introduce and reinforce basic concepts in their high school biology 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.

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