Professional Development Workshops

We provide FREE training for teachers to implement authentic and innovative life science programs in their schools with a focus on hands-on, inquiry-based activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


All of our workshops are designed and led by expert teachers and scientists from Northwestern University. Participating in a workshop allows teachers to gain access to the Baxter Box Loaner Program and Classroom Support. We can't wait to work with you!

Simply put, the term “biotechnology” means applied life sciences. You take what you know from biology, chemistry, and everything in between and apply that knowledge to create a product or solve a problem. Put that way, it sounds simple, but it can be intimidating to implement in the classroom. This workshop series is intended to help teachers integrate biotech concepts and practices into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Through practice and support, we will help teachers feel comfortable trying new activities that use 21st century lab skills with their students.

The Baxter Symposium is an event full of real-world science and hands-on lab activities that delve into 21st-century life science ideas and technology.

The Baxter Center is excited to work with a variety of partners to bring new learning opportunities to our audience of educators. Check out our offerings!

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Gain real-life lab experience working alongside scientists in a Northwestern University research laboratory and develop your own curriculum materials based on their research.

Want to stay up to date on the current science and hear from a variety of experts? Join us for The Baxter Center’s Science Meetups! We will get together the second Wednesday of each month for an hour after school to hear more from experts in a variety of fields. Topics include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biotech, Forensics & Criminology, and Middle School Science.
The Baxter Center offers in-person and virtual (The Baxter Box @ Home program) life science and biotech workshops in Lake County and CPS. The Baxter Box Lab series allows teachers to try out labs offered through our Baxter Box loaner program. Attendees also have the chance to plan with a community of educators and collaboratively design ways of bringing back engaging science experiences to their classroom.

Your colleagues have resources to share! Teacher Leader Nina Hike and The Baxter Center Team are working with four teachers throughout the school year to develop their ideas into workshops we will host this spring!

Have an idea for a workshop yourself? Learn more about the program here. We will accept applications for the next cohort of teachers in late spring 2022.