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!

TRANSLATING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH FOR THE CLASSROOM

July 25th - August 5th from 9am - 3pm

Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

Does the idea of gaining research experience at a university lab sound exciting to you? The Research Experience for Teachers is a 2 week, paid program that gives five outstanding teachers the opportunity to conduct experiments with members of Professor Michael Jewett’s lab and work on curriculum development with Baxter Center staff.

Professor Jewett is a member of 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.

Experiments and techniques that teachers will work on include:

  • Cell-free protein synthesis
  • DNA manipulation/cloning
  • Biobits/CRISPR
  • Biosensor
  • Biobits pilot for luciferase

Logistics:

  • Dates: July 25th - August 5th
  • Times: 9am - 3pm
  • Location: Northwestern University (Evanston)
  • Facilitators: The Jewett Lab and The Baxter Center
  • Stipend: $2,000

Apply by Wednesday, July 6th!

https://northwestern.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b7oeMzMPdTM7CZw

If you have any questions, please reach out to The Baxter Center at bcse@northwestern.edu. We look forward to working with you!


A free 3-day program that gives teachers the opportunity to work on biotechnology related lab activities!

Monday, August 1, 2022 - Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 10am - 3pm

Whitney Young High School (211 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60607)

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Are you interested in giving your students more hands-on STEM learning opportunities? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and learn more about algae?

Friday, July 15, 2022 from 9am - 3:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom


Try a synthetic bio lab to bring protein synthesis to life for students!

Saturday, April 30th from 9:30-12:30pm CST

In-person at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus


Use PCR and gel electrophoresis to check your own genotype!

Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm CST

Virtual, Zoom


Bring this free, STEAM lab to your classroom and learn the science behind dyeing with cochineal insects!

Wednesday, March 9th from 4 - 5pm CST

Virtual, Zoom


An interactive workshop about stagecraft

Saturday, March 5th, 2022, 9:30am - 12:00pm

The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL


Try Bio-Rad's CRISPR Gene Editing Kit with us!

Wednesday, February 9th from 4:30 - 6:30pm CST

Virtual, Zoom


Cell-free Synthetic Biology: New Avenues for Biosynthesis and Education

Wednesday, January 12th from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

What is Cell-Free Synthetic Biology? Cells can be engineered to produce useful proteins and chemical products, but they are limited by growth and viability. We can avoid these constraints by extracting biological machinery (including ribosomes and enzymes) to enable biosynthesis in test tubes with a highly controllable environment. This allows us to rapidly produce therapeutics, biosensors, and enzymes for chemical transformations. Cell extracts can also be freeze-dried and transported to resource limited settings and schools without the need for expensive equipment or biocontainment protocols, presenting unique opportunities for distributed biomanufacturing and education.

About Our Speaker: Blake Rasor is a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University and a graduate student in the Jewett lab. He is using cell-free metabolic engineering for biosynthesis.   

Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Freeze-dried, cell-free technology and its applications to education

Wednesday, December 8th from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Implementation of hands-on molecular and synthetic biology in classrooms is challenging because of the need for specialized equipment, cell cultures, and onerous protocols. BioBits® make it possible to synthesize proteins taking advantage of cutting edge freeze-dried cell-free technology. Dr. Ally Huang, BioBits Program Lead at miniPCR bio, will discuss how this technology works and her work on developing hands-on classroom activities that authentically demonstrate molecular biology concepts. Most of these activities can be completed with minimal equipment requirements and quick protocols, making them ideal for teaching settings. Published in peer-reviewed journals, user-friendly BioBits® enhance biology education both within and beyond the classroom.

About Our Speaker: Dr. Ally Huang earned her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT in 2019. Her PhD thesis focused on enhancing students’ exposure to biological fields. She is the Program Lead of miniPCR, an organization dedicated to making biotechnological materials designed for classroom settings and co-founder of BioBits. 

Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Changing Nature's Recipes

Wednesday, November 10th from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Ever wondered how new flavors get made? Dr. Elamar Hakim Moully, Program Development Specialist at the University of Chicago's myCHOICE program, will be leading a discussion on how biochemistry and engineering techniques can be applied to food sciences.

Dr. Elamar Hakim Moully earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2021. As a graduate student in the Mrksich Research Group, she created "mass spectrometry-based biochemical assays" that can be applied in a variety of cell related mechanisms. Through myCHOICE, she works to provide career resources to Ph.D. students and postdocs as well as residents of the Chicago area. 

Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Advancing Life Sciences through Biotechnology

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.
  • Learn about hands-on, NGSS-aligned lab activities led by educators who have successfully used them in their classrooms.
  • Attend a free event for high school & middle school teachers.
  • Enter lab equipment give-aways!
  • Earn CPDUs for attendance.

Join us to try out Bio-Rad's ELISA lab!

Wednesday, November 3 from 4:30 - 6:30pm CST

Virtual, Zoom


Try miniPCR bio’s new gel electrophoresis lab!

TBD

Virtual, Zoom

How are you thinking about hands-on labs this fall?

Wednesday, October 13th from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all science teachers! Now that most everyone is back in the classroom, we want to check-in with teachers and see how labs are going! How do you handle sharing equipment and social distancing? What labs are your students finding engaging? Let’s get together and share resources for a great fall!

Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.



Session Two

Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 9-12pm

Virtual | Zoom

Ms. Nina Hike (CPS, George Westinghouse College Prep) will help you introduce a social justice science issue to existing curricula, brainstorming how to connect science with students’ lived experiences. Ms. Hike will also share an example chemistry unit she developed for her students that allows them to investigate local and national Environmental Racism issues and Elements. Students develop and use chemistry models to make sense of scientific principles and vocabulary words and the socio-economic factors that led to environmental pollution disproportionately having a negative impact on communities of color. Materials will be shared with attendees so they may adapt the lessons for use with their students. Note: Session one and two will be covering the same content. 

Ms.Hike is currently working on her doctoral research on microaggressions in science education.

 


Session One

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 5-8pm

Virtual | Zoom

Ms. Nina Hike (CPS, George Westinghouse College Prep) will help you introduce a social justice science issue to existing curricula, brainstorming how to connect science with students’ lived experiences. Ms. Hike will also share an example chemistry unit she developed for her students that allows them to investigate local and national Environmental Racism issues and Elements. Students develop and use chemistry models to make sense of scientific principles and vocabulary words and the socio-economic factors that led to environmental pollution disproportionately having a negative impact on communities of color. Materials will be shared with attendees so they may adapt the lessons for use with their students. Note: Session one and two will be covering the same content. 

Ms.Hike is currently working on her doctoral research on microaggressions in science education.

 

Try miniPCR bio’s new gel electrophoresis lab!

Wednesday, October 20 from 4:30 - 6:30pm CST

Virtual, Zoom



Planning for High School Science this Fall

July 12, 2021 - July 29, 2021

Virtual | Zoom


Let's celebrate!

May 12 from 3:30 - 4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Forensics & Criminology teachers! We know you don't always have a course team to work with, so we're providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching forensics. This month: THROW DOWN WITH YOUR AWESOME FINISH! Bring snacks and a beverage and let's celebrate our successes teaching forensics this year! 

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Liz Copper, Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Join our last science teacher meetup of the school year!

May 20 from 3:30 - 4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom


Apply to receive @ home labs from miniPCR bio for free!

Thursday, April 29th from 4-6pm CST

Virtual, Zoom

Test out BioRad’s Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration lab at home with other educators!

Thursday, April 15th from 4-6pm CST

Virtual, Zoom



Chatting with a Scientist: Dr. Julie Swartzendruber

April 13, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

The Hygiene Hypothesis: Does exposure to microorganisms build up your immune system?  Dr. Julie Swartzendruber, Assistant Professor at Midwestern University, will join us to discuss her lab's research on Bacillus subtilis and its role in preventing allergic inflamation induced by the house dust mite. Her research hopes to determine the mechanism this bacterium employs to confer protection from allergic disease. This will be an informal discussion with plenty of time to ask questions. 

About Our Speaker: Dr. Julie Swartzendruber earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2013 where she studied the role of histamine 2 receptor in allergic lung inflammation.  She continued her training as a post-doctoral fellow at Loyola University of Chicago, studying the role of the probiotic Bacillus subtilis in suppressing allergic airway disease.  Dr. Swartzendruber came to Midwestern University in 2015 and her research laboratory continues to study the role of Bacillus subtilis to suppress allergic disease.

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney Young High School. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance. 


Clinical trials in the time of a Pandemic

March 4, 2021 from 3:30-4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

How do human clinical trials work for new medicines? What does that look like in the time of COVID? Dr. Janet Pavese from Astellas Pharma will be joining us to discuss her role in measuring human clinical trial samples to learn about how potential new medicines work. This will be an informal discussion with plenty of time to ask questions. 

About Dr. Pavese: I graduated high school in 2003, and received my BS in Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 and my PhD from Northwestern University in 2014 in Cancer Biology and Drug Discovery.  Following graduate school I spent 3 years working at Abbott Molecular developing tests to measure viruses and cancer cells in blood.  Currently, I work for Astellas Pharma where I measure human clinical trial samples to learn about how potential new medicines work. 

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney Young High School. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance. 


Are you interested in learning more about using phenomena in your classroom and how modeling plays an important role in that process?

March 3rd from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Are you interested in learning more about using phenomena in your classroom and how modeling plays an important role in that process? In this session, we will be sharing how modeling can help pave the way to learning by helping your students to develop a deeper understanding of science concepts. Whether you are new to teaching science or have been doing it for years, please come to learn and share your own experiences with this in the classroom. Please reach out if you have any questions about the open share part of this session.

Connect with us offline! We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Susanne Wolff; Round Lake Area Schools. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Test out Carolina’s HNPCC lab at home with other educators!

Thursday, February 18th from 4-6pm CST

Virtual, Zoom


Classroom Artifact Show & Tell

February 24 from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Forensics & Criminology teachers! We know you don't always have a course team to work with, so we're providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching forensics this fall. This month we will talk about what you have planned for students to do before the holidays and brainstorm ideas around summative assessments.

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Liz Copper, Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Nina Hike (CPS)
Session Two

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 | 4 - 6:30pm

Virtual

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students in creative problem solving while they learn a little chemistry along the way? Introducing Smart Windows, a series of NGSS-aligned lessons developed by Nina Hike, a chemistry teacher at George Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago Public Schools, based on two summers of research she conducted with James Rondinelli, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University. The first 35 registrants will receive a  $125 Amazon gift card for supplies!

Click on the workshop title to learn more!


Nina Hike (CPS)
Session One

Saturday, January 9, 2021 | 9 - 11:30am

Virtual

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your students in creative problem solving while they learn a little chemistry along the way? Introducing Smart Windows, a series of NGSS-aligned lessons developed by Nina Hike, a chemistry teacher at George Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago Public Schools, based on two summers of research she conducted with James Rondinelli, professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Northwestern University. The first 35 registrants will receive a  $125 Amazon gift card for supplies!

​Click on the workshop title to learn more!


A Semester in Review

December 10th from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

You are invited to join our Middle School Meet-Up this month for a mid-year review! This is a chance for you to share one idea that you have used in your classroom and take home several ideas from others in the group to enhance your teaching next semester! Please come prepared to share an activity or idea that you used this semester to: help engage your students, create equity, improve communication, build community and relationships, or any other success you have had with your students! Please reach out to Susanne Wolff via email at swolff@rlas-116.org if you have questions about ideas to share. Hope to see you there!

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up.

Facilitator: Susanne Wolff, Round Lake Area Schools. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


What are your plans for before the holidays? Ideas around summative assessments?

December 2nd from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Forensics & Criminology teachers! We know you don't always have a course team to work with, so we're providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching forensics this fall. This month we will talk about what you have planned for students to do before the holidays and brainstorm ideas around summative assessments.

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Liz Copper, Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


Application Closed - Check by for more workshops soon!

November 12, 2020 from 4:30-6:30pm

Virtual, Zoom

Talking with students about COVID-19

November 30th from 3:30-4:30pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Hey Biotech teachers! How do we transition a lab based course to a virtual classroom? Let's work together to share ideas and resources on bringing engaging, hands-on activities to our students. This month's topic: "Talking with students about COVID-19." We want to do our best to support our community of biotech, feel free to email us with suggestions on topics you would like to discuss at our meetups. 

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney Young High School. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance. 



Structured Conversation: What’s on Your Mind?

October 28, 2020 from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Attention Middle School Teachers! We’d like to invite you to join us to learn more about structuring conversations in your digital classrooms, while having a unique opportunity to connect with other middle school teachers across the Chicagoland area. The strategies you will learn can be used in all types of learning environments, whether you are experiencing remote, hybrid, or in-person learning. But more importantly, you will have a chance to hear what others are experiencing and know that you are not alone! We hope to see you there!

Are you intersted in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up! 

Facilitator: Susanne Wolff, Round Lake Area Schools. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance


Guest Lecturers:

Dr. Miray Tekkumru Kisa, Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Josh Paschedag, High School Science Specialist, Chicago Public Schools

How do you know a lesson or activity is intellectually challenging enough for your students? What does intellectually challenging mean in an era in which students can look up any and all facts on devices in their pockets? Dr. Tekkumru Kisa and Josh Paschedag discuss how to use the Task Analysis Guide in Science to assess the cognitive demand and integration of the NGSS 3 dimensions in classroom tasks. This easy-to-use tool can also point the way to simple changes that will keep the tasks that you assign to your students in science classrooms cognitively demanding.

 


What labs have you been able to implement into your classroom this year?

October 27, 2020 from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Hey Biotech teachers! How do we transition a lab based course to a virtual classroom? Let's work together to share ideas and resources on bringing engaging, hands-on activities to our students. We want to do our best to support our community of biotech, feel free to email us with suggestions on topics you would like to discuss at our meetups. 

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Mary Clark, Whitney Young High School. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance. 


What lessons do you have planned for this month?

October 21, 2020 from 4-5pm CST

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Forensics & Criminology teachers! We know you don't always have a course team to work with, so we're providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching forensics this fall.

Are you interested in connecting with us offline? We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!

Facilitator: Liz Copper, Lindblom Math & Science Academy. Credit Hours Provided: 1 CEU provided for attendance.


How did the first month of classes go?

September 30, 2020 @ 4pm

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Middle School Science teachers! We know you don’t always have a course team to work with, so we’re providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching middle school science this fall. We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. We can't wait to plan with you!

1 CEU earned per hour meeting.

For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Want an invite? Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!


Genes in Space: A Free Experimental Design Contest from miniPCR Bio

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 4-6pm

Virtual, Zoom


How did the first month of classes go?

September 23, 2020 @ 4pm

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Forensics & Criminology teachers! We know you don’t always have a course team to work with, so we’re providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching forensics this fall. We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. We can't wait to plan with you!

1 CEU earned per hour meeting.

For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Want an invite? Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!


How did the first month of Biotech class go?

September 22, 2020 @ 4pm

Virtual | Zoom

Calling all Biotech teachers! We know you don’t always have a course team to work with, so we’re providing the space and resources for teachers across the Chicago area to get together and talk about teaching biotech this fall. We have also created a Slack Channel and Google Drive folders so that teachers have a spot to share their ideas and questions. We can't wait to plan with you!

1 CEU earned per hour meeting.

For security reasons, access to the Slack Channel and Google Drive is by invite only. Want an invite? Email us at bcse@northwestern.edu with your name, school, and email address and we will sign you up!


How are you planning for the fall?

August 20, 2020

Virtual | Zoom


Cancelled

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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!


Cancelled

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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.


Cancelled

Round Lake Senior High School

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!


Cancelled

Round Lake High School in Round Lake, Illinois

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.


BRING CUTTING EDGE SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY TO YOUR CLASSROOM

Cancelled

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


EXPLORE CELLULAR RESPIRATION WITH EASY LABS!

Cancelled

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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.


Cancelled

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.


VISUALIZE NATURAL SELECTION IN REAL TIME RIGHT IN YOUR CLASSROOM!

February 13, 2020

Lindblom Math & Science Academy

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.


EXPLORE CELLULAR RESPIRATION WITH EASY LABS!

February 6, 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 

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.


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.

 


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 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 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.


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.


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.


(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!


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.

Click HERE for more info!


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.

Click HERE for more info!


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.


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.


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.


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