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!

EXPLORE CELLULAR RESPIRATION WITH EASY LABS!

February 6, 2020

Round Lake High School

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Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm (dinner provided)

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

Can’t get that disc lab to work? Learn a couple of alternative activities that are actually easy to use! Try out Bio-Rad’s algae beads, learn to make your own algae beads, and explore what happens when you put plant cuttings directly into the indicator. 

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, 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.


VISUALIZE NATURAL SELECTION IN REAL TIME RIGHT IN YOUR CLASSROOM!

February 13, 2020

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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Facilitator: Mary Clark

Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm (dinner provided)

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

Explore how antibiotics affect the growth of microorganisms! Learn how to have students perform a Bauer-Kirby test to explore the effectiveness of three different types of antibiotics on three different types of bacteria. Students can also explore the effectiveness of other items with antibacterial properties that they find in the classroom! In addition to the more traditional Bauer-Kirby test on bacterial colonies, we will also test antibiotics in a cell-free synthesis system! This will help your students understand the different cellular components that are attacked by antibiotics.

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, General 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.


SEE HOW GENETICS CHANGE OUR ABILITY TO PERCEIVE THE WORLD!

March 12, 2020

Round Lake High School

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm (dinner provided)

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

To taste or not to taste, that is the question. In the PTC Taster Lab you will examine how small genetic variations called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) can change our ability to perceive the world around us. The human sense of taste is composed of an intricate neurophysiological network, but as we’ll see in this lab, it only takes a few small changes in our DNA to change the way we taste. Alleles of the TAS2R38 taste receptor gene can confer the phenotypic ability to taste the chemical Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and other bitter flavors. You will PCR amplify your own TAS2R38 taste receptor gene and use DNA restriction analysis to determine whether you have taster or non-taster version of the gene. You can determine whether you are homozygous or heterozygous for this trait, and correlate your genotype with your own ability to taste PTC (and foods that contain related chemicals, such as broccoli).

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, 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.


EXPLORE CELLULAR RESPIRATION WITH EASY LABS!

March 19, 2020

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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Facilitator: Mary Clark

Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm (dinner provided)

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

Can’t get that disc lab to work? Learn a couple of alternative activities that are actually easy to use! Try out Bio-Rad’s algae beads, learn to make your own algae beads, and explore what happens when you put plant cuttings directly into the indicator. 

This workshop is perfect for teachers of Middle School Science, 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.


BRING CUTTING EDGE SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY TO YOUR CLASSROOM AND TINKER WITH EVERYTHING ELSE!

April 17, 2020

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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.


Advancing Life Sciences through Biotechnology

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.

 


BRING CUTTING EDGE SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY TO YOUR CLASSROOM

April 23, 2020

Round Lake High School

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


June 16 - 18, 2020

Round Lake High School in Round Lake, Illinois

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Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

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 19, 2020

Round Lake Senior High School

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Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

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!


June 23 - 25, 2020

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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Facilitator: Mary Clark 

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.


June 26, 2020

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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Facilitator: Mary Clark

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

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!


TRANSLATING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOR THE CLASSROOM

July 20 - 31, 2020

Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

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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. 


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.

Click HERE for more info!


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.


June 18 - 20, 2019

Round Lake Senior High School

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 20, 2019

Round Lake Senior High School

Facilitator: Suzanne Fetherling, Hoffman Estates High School

Time: 12:00pm - 4:30pm

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

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!

If you plan on joining us, let us know a little more about what you want to do by completing THIS BRIEF SURVEY.

 


June 25 - 27, 2019

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 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 28, 2019

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney Young Magnet High School

Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

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

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!

 

If you plan on joining us, let us know a little more about what you want to do by completing THIS BRIEF SURVEY.