Synthetic Biology

The Baxter Symposium

Spring 2020

 

New date for the 11/8 Baxter Symposium coming soon!

Dear Friends, 

Based on the advice of our partners and stakeholders, particularly the teachers that we serve, we have collectively decided to postpone the November 8th Baxter Symposium. We understand that as teachers return to the classroom there will be a lot of demands on their time. We want to be respectful of that time, and we want to celebrate their achievements and our anniversary with them when the time is right. Stay tuned for a new date for the Symposium in the spring. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

The Baxter Center Team

 


 

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.

 

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: Central Dogma Lab - Lake County

April 23, 2020

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

BioBits & OPEN LAB - Chicago

April 17, 2020

Facilitator: Mary Clark

Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm (lunch provided) 

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

BioBits (Morning)

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. 

OPEN LAB (Afternoon)

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!

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.