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!

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.

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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.

We’ve been working with Chicago Public Schools to spread the word about the new biology curriculum developed by experts in their Department of STEM! In this series of workshops created specifically for CPS teachers, we explore new ways to bring important basic biology concepts such as Ecosystem Dynamics, Photosynthesis and Respiration, Evidence and Mechanisms for Evolution, the Inheritance of Traits, and more to life in exciting new phenomenon-centered ways.

We work with a lot of great partners and love to have them share their amazing resources with local teachers! In order to facilitate that, we have created a series of Guest Workshops where we host organizations such as BioBuilder, miniPCR, Bio-Rad, Flynn Scientific, and 3D Molecular Designs to come to the Chicago-land area and work with our teachers.

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