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POSTPONED: The Baxter Symposium

Rescheduled for Fall 2020

The Baxter Symposium is postponed until Fall 2020.

We hate to have to do this again, but the Baxter Center will be postponing our Baxter Symposium until Fall 2020. The situation with the novel coronavirus continues to evolve rapidly and we feel it is important to follow the guidance of medical experts to avoid large gatherings so we do not contribute to the spread of infection. We look forward to celebrating the amazing work of our teachers and 10 years of partnership between Lindblom Math & Science Academy, Baxter International, Inc., Northwestern University, and now Round Lake High School in the fall! 


Please visit https://www.northwestern.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/  for more information on how the coronavirus is impacting our community. 



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.

Event Information

We are so glad you will be joining us for a day of real-world science and hands-on lab activities at the Baxter Symposium! This year we will have a wide array of new hands-on activity offerings led by experienced teachers and science content specialists for you to choose from.

Attendees who carpool or take public transportation will have an extra chance to win goodies!


The 2020 Baxter Symposium: Advancing Life Sciences through Biotechnology

Date TBD, 8:00am - 3:45pm

Lindblom Math & Science Academy (6130 S. Wolcott Ave. Chicago, IL 60636)


Time Session

8:00 - 8:45

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:30

Welcome Remarks and Honoring Baxter Center Founders

9:30 - 10:30

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Teresa Woodruff

10:45 - 11:45

Break-Out Sessions (listed below)

11:45 - 12:45


12:45 - 1:45

Break-Out Sessions (listed below)

2:00 - 3:00  

Break-Out Sessions (listed below)

3:10 - 3:45

Closing Remarks and Give-Away
















Frequently Asked Questions:


How much does the event cost to attend?

Nothing! This event is FREE for teachers to attend.

Do I earn any CPDUs for attending?

You can earn 6 CPDUs for attending the Symposium.

Where is the event taking place?

The Baxter Symposium is taking place at Lindblom Math & Science Academy at 6130 S. Wolcott Ave in Chicago, IL. You can look up directions here.

Can I take Public Transportation?

Yes! Bus 63 stops at 63rd and Wolcott Avenue. There is also a Green Line stop at Ashland and 63rd. Both are a short walk to Lindblom! Attendees who carpool or take public transportation will have an extra chance to win goodies!

Where do I park?

Parking is available in the parking lot at the NW corner of the school and along surrounding streets. No permits are required to park in the neighborhood. Enter through the main doors on Wolcott Avenue. 

Do I have to pay for parking?

No - parking is free. 

I hear there is a chance to get goodies. What kind of goodies?

Every year we give away Baxter Boxes to all attendees. These consist of both fun things and items that will help you implement hands-on labs in your classroom. We also have give away drawings at the end of the day, where you have a chance to win things like lab equipment, lab kits, and other exciting items. Carpooling or taking public transport to the Symposium gives you extra chances to win!

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will be provided. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options are included. If you have other dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing us at bcse@northwestern.edu  

Is there anything I need to bring with me?

Some sessions use computers, so it might be useful to bring yours along. Extra computers will also be available. To make check-in go faster, you can also bring these completed forms with you: the Baxter Photo Release and Northwestern Photo Release.


Genetically Modified Soybean Lab

Can you tell the difference between a traditional plant and one that has been genetically modified? Do their seeds look different? Do they germinate and develop differently? Do they respond differently to their environment? Learn the answer to these and other questions concerning the topical subject of genetically modified plants. Your students will gain key insight into this controversial, emerging science as they compare traditional soybeans with seeds that have been genetically modified to withstand the effects of Roundup (TM) herbicide.

Simulated Blood Typing Lab

Using four different samples of WARD’S Simulated Blood, the class will determine each unknown sample’s blood type and Rh factor, examine the risk of Rh incompatibilities, and view red and white “blood cells” under the microscope in complete safety. It includes four simulated blood types (A, B, AB, O), two anti-sera (A, B), Rh antisera, a teacher’s guide, and student copymaster. Enough materials for 12 setups are included.

Outbreak! Fingerprinting Virus DNA Kit

This intermediate-level 8-station kit introduces the concepts of PCR and DNA fingerprinting and simulates the use of DNA in forensic investigations. The "DNA" fingerprints of 2 suspects are compared at 2 loci for a match with evidence DNA after being electrophoresed in agarose gels and stained with CarolinaBLU(tm) stain. Also buy the kit's predigested DNA in bulk by the mL; minimum order is 1 mL. Order bulk DNA 2 weeks prior to desired ship date. For 8 groups of students.

Restriction Enzyme Cleavage of DNA Kit

It's easy to teach students the basics of DNA gel electrophoresis and analysis with this classic AP(r) Biology lab. Using convenient pre-cut fragments, students electrophorese, stain, and visualize uncut lambda DNA (control) and DNA predigested with EcoRI and HindIII (standard molecular weight marker). They then determine the sizes of the DNA fragments. Materials are sufficient for 4 or 8 teams of students or 8 separate instructor demonstrations.

Body Builders: The Emergence of Regenerative Medicine

May 22, 2014

Can you imagine a medical practice where the focus is helping the body to heal itself using stem cells, or where diseased organs are replaced by an organ grown from a patient's own cells? These ideas might seem like science fiction, but current regenerative medicine research is nearing a point where these procedures are close to implementation. Some scientists suggest that the practice will become a reality within five to ten years.

View the webinar recording here.

Decision Dilemma

In this activity, students will meet two patients and their families. Each patient has just received a cancer diagnosis. Students will meet with the patient navigator and discuss the fertility preservation options that are available for each of the three cases. Finally in part 3, they will make a decision about the patients' course of treatment and fertility preservation options.

Just Bead It Biomaterials Lab

In this series of experiments, you'll begin to explore the world of oncofertility research that is taking place at Northwestern University. The team consists of research scientists, biomedical engineers, graduate students, and many others. They are working to develop a system that will allow men and women who are diagnosed with cancer to potentially preserve their fertility. The team is working to achieve this for women by performing experiments to help follicles (containing mature egg cells) to develop in vitro.