All Workshops

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!

Advancing Life Sciences through Biotechnology

October 9, 2018

Round Lake High School in Round Lake, Illinois

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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 7 CPDUs.

A Note on Location: This year’s Baxter Symposium will be held at Round Lake Senior High School in Round Lake, Illinois to celebrate the opening of our new Baxter Center North! We are excited to partner with Round Lake to support Lake County science teachers as they create more engaging, skills-based learning experiences for their students. Next year’s symposium will be celebrating 10 years of the Baxter Center for Science Education at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in Chicago!

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

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USING HANDS-ON LABS TO EXPLORE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

June 5, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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

Bring the central dogma to life with labs exploring chromatography, protein modeling, and SDS-PAGE! Under the guidance of experienced high school teachers and Northwestern University scientists, teachers will experience lab activities like Comparative Proteomics, Bradford Assay, GFP Chromotography, Mini Toobers and Fold-It, and GFP SDS-PAGE.

 


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.


HOW DO MATTER AND ENERGY CYCLE ON EARTH?

October 4, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around implementing NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. Participants will deepen understanding of modeling pedagogy and consider the role of models in constructing explanations about matter and energy cycling.


BRINGING DNA DISCOVERY INTO YOUR CLASSROOM

October 16, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Emily Gleason, miniPCR & Bruce Bryan, miniPCR

For decades, the tools of biotechnology and DNA analysis have been difficult to implement in classrooms. The miniPCR DNA Discover System is an innovative biotech teaching toolkit that closes this gap. In this hands-on workshop we will develop skills to bring the cutting edge of biology and space exploration into your classroom.

miniPCR and partners have created Genes in Space, a free science competition where teachers and students can design DNA research proposals for space. Winners have their experiments launched to the International Space Station and become involved in real-world space biology research. Join us and learn how to participate in Genes in Space, immerse yourself in real-world uses of biotech in agriculture, forensics, and medical sciences, and develop skills to implement hands-on biotech with your students. We'll also share how to obtain free loans of miniPCR "Lab in a Box" equipment and reagents. 

This workshop is presented in conjunction with miniPCR.

 


HOW DO ENERGY AND MATTER CYCLE ON EARTH?

November 29, 2017

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around implementing NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. Participants will deepen understanding of modeling pedagogy and consider the role of models in constructing explanations about matter and energy cycling.


HOW DO WE KNOW THAT ALL LIVING THINGS ARE RELATED?

January 24, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

 Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to support students with exploring multiple sets of data to construct an explanation about evolution. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. 

 


IDENTIFY PATIENT ZERO OF THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

February 15, 2018

Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm 

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

Explore the spread of a zombie virus through your classroom with this hands-on lab! We'll use the power of an ELISA assay to see who got "zombified," and to identify the first zombie in the workshop. The specific nature of antibodies in the ELISA assay enables the testing of almost any biological molecule that elicits an immune response, so you can use this same lab to study disease transmission of Ebola, HIV, H1N1, etc. 

This workshop is presented in conjunction with Bio-Rad.

 


HOW DO WE KNOW THAT ALL LIVING THINGS ARE RELATED?

March 6, 2018

Crane Medical Preparatory High School

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to support students with exploring multiple sets of data to construct an explanation about evolution. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. 


WHY DO WE HAVE DIFFERENT TRAITS?

April 24, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to deepen understanding of how to use real-world phenomena to engage students with core ideas about inheritance and variation. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. 


WHY DO WE HAVE DIFFERENT TRAITS?

May 16, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm 

Facilitators: Jenny Sarna & Joshua Paschedag, Chicago Public SchoolsDepartment of STEM

HS Biology teachers across the district are invited to participate in day-long learning around strategies to deepen understanding of how to use real-world phenomena to engage students with core ideas about inheritance and variation. Participants will gain experience with NGSS-aligned Biology instructional materials which incorporate high-quality instructional practices. 

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Science for CPS teachers. Substitute coverage will be made available for CPS teachers.

Registration is open for CPS teachers through the Learning Hub: Course Code 38380


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.

Click HERE for more info!


TRANSLATING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOR THE CLASSROOM

July 16 - 27, 2018

Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

 

Northwestern Facilitators: Jewett Lab members, Ashley Walter & 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.


A BCSE GUEST WORKSHOP EXPLORING SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

July 31 - August 2, 2018

Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

 

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

Click HERE for more info!


August 13 - 16, 2018

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm, Monday - Thursday

Facilitators: Josh Paschedag, Laura Decker, and Jenny Sarna

Whether you’re new to teaching science or you’re a pro looking for more training, we can help you transform your teaching practices for the NGSS era. Spend four days with the district’s high school science specialists unpacking Ambitious Science Teaching practices designed to ensure your lessons are intellectually rigorous, engaging, and accessible for all of your students.

 

This workshop is an opportunity for individual teachers, course teams, and science departments to explore the new exemplar curriculum developed for the district, practice new strategies for the classroom, and grow as leaders. This will be accomplished through experiencing example lessons as learners, unpacking AST practices, classroom video reflection, a deep dive into the new science framework, and through having the space and time to engage with relevant pedagogy. Participants will receive a stipend of $600 for their time.

 

To apply, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/H5VhRlwGEyDMv7iq2