Synthetic Biology

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! 


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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  

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.


Research Experience for Teachers


Due to COVID-19, we have decided to cancel all events scheduled for June and July. Thank you for helping us keep our communities safe!


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Dates: Summer 2021

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

Teachers work in the laboratory of Professor Michael Jewett in 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.

Participating Teachers will receive a $1000 stipend.

CANCELLED: BioBits: Central Dogma Lab - Lake County

Originally Scheduled for April 23, 2020

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have decided to cancel all events scheduled for March and April. Thank you for helping us keep our communities safe!


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Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

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

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

Learn more about DNA and how it makes proteins by making your own fluorescent proteins and more! 

BioBits were developed by a group of synthetic biologists to help students learn biology by doing biology. Traditionally, running molecular biology experiments outside of a lab has been difficult due to the expensive equipment and complexity of growing living organisms. BioBits takes advantage of cutting-edge freeze-dried cell-free technology to make it possible to run biological experiments without living cells. 

This workshop is perfect for teachers of 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 Loaner Program