Biotech Series

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.

June 18 - 20, 2019

Round Lake Senior High School

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Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling, Hoffman Estates High School

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to explore a variety of NGSS-alignedhands-on labs selected to introduce and reinforce basic life science concepts in their classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis into their curriculum in a meaningful way. 

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.


June 25 - 27, 2019

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to explore a variety of NGSS-alignedhands-on labs selected to introduce and reinforce basic life science concepts in their classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis into their curriculum in a meaningful way. 

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.


21st-Century Lab Skills for the Biology Classroom

June 27 - 28, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

This introductory workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is designed to be a quick and easy introduction to 21st-century lab skills including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis. Teachers expand their knowledge of current biological research and explore new ways to teach general biology topics with hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs.


Laboratory Investigations Using DNA

July 11 - 13, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

In this intermediate-level workshop, teachers try out open-ended, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs that explore DNA. Under the guidance of an expert teacher and scientists from Northwestern University, teachers learn DNA-based techniques including DNA gel electrophoresis and PCR (polymerase chain reaction). With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills.


Hands-on Labs Exploring Proteins & Proteomics

July 18 - 20, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

In this advanced-level workshop, teachers explore hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs that use proteins to examine structure and function. Led by an expert teacher and Northwestern scientists, teachers are trained in protein-based techniques including chromatography, SDS-PAGE, and colorimetric assays. Teachers learn to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills.


June 26, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to explore a variety of NGSS-alignedhands-on labs selected to introduce and reinforce basic concepts in their high school biology classroom. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis into their curriculum in a meaningful way. 

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.

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June 27, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to try out new twists on traditional AP Biology labs as a way to introduce and reinforce the Big Ideas of the course. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills & practices including pipetting, DNA gel electrophoresis, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) into their course in a meaningful way. With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the  Baxter Box program.

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(Biotech, Microbiology, Genetics, Forensics)

June 28, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Whitney M. Young Magnet High School)

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers of upper level high school electives like Biotech, Microbiology, Genetics, and Forensics to try out new hands-on activities selected to introduce students to real-world techniques used in modern laboratories. Participants will learn how to incorporate 21st-century lab skills including pipetting, DNA gel electrophoresis, PCR (polymerase chain reactions), and SDS-PAGE protein analysis into their curriculums in a meaningful way. With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills. 

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.

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Disease Tracking with Bio-Rad Immuno Explorer

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 5:00pm-8:00pm

Round Lake High School

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling (AP Biology and Dual-Credit Biology Instructor)

Investigate the spread of a disease through your classroom with this hands-on lab! We’ll use the power of a real ELISA assay to identity patient zero and to see who tests positive for the disease. You can use this same lab to mimic transmission of diseases like Ebola, HIV, and H1N1.


Investigating Crime Scenes using DNA Analysis

Wednesday, May 1st, 5-8pm

Round Lake High School

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling, Hoffman Estates High School

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Try out labs that engage students in NGSS Science and Engineering Practices while exploring key ideas in forensics! Under the guidance of an experienced high school teacher and Northwestern University scientists, teachers will learn new ways to introduce the concepts involved in DNA analysis using: 

  • Forensic DNA Fingerprinting Lab from Bio-Rad
  • Candy Dye Analysis using Gel Electrophoresis from Bio-Rad

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.