Synthetic Biology

The Baxter Symposium

November 8, 2019

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 Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago, Illinois to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary and Lindblom's 100th Year!

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

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Research Experience for Teachers

July 20 - 31, 2020

Dates: July 20 - 31, 2020

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.


We will reach out in Mid-February for additional details about your application. Final decisions will be sent out in early March. 

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BioBits - Chicago

October 17, 2019

Facilitator: Mary Clark

Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm (dinner provided)

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

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 Equipment Loaner Program.

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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, lunchtime discussions with members of the synthetic biology community, and activities that address the nuts and bolts of running an iGEM team.

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