Baxter Symposium Puts Teachers in the Lab

Baxter Symposium Puts Teachers in the Lab

BaxterMore than 100 middle and high school teachers will be learning new hands-on, inquiry-based lab activities for their classrooms during the 6th Annual Baxter Symposium at The Allen Center on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.

The free professional development workshop, “Advancing Life Sciences Through Biotechnology” is designed to expose teachers to “open inquiry” scientific labs that more closely resemble how science actually works.

The workshops are all led by experienced teachers paired with Northwestern and Baxter scientists. Each activity is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and teachers will learn how to implement the lessons in their own classrooms.

In “Get a Grip” for example, participants will design, test and redesign a prototype mechanical arm to see how easily a bioengineering project can be part of the curriculum. In another session, teachers will be equipped with the materials and instructional resources necessary to teach “More than Meat,” two hands-on explorations of proteins.

Read the full list of workshops.

Northwestern University’s Evan Scott, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will kick off the day with a keynote address titled “Engineering Nanomaterial for Immunotherapy.” Scott will discuss his ongoing work in the areas of nano-biomaterials, cardiovascular disease, and neonatal immunization.

The symposium is part of a series of professional development workshops by The Baxter Center for Science Education, which connects students and teachers to real-world scientific ideas and experiences. In addition to training, teachers get free supplies to do hands-on labs with their students and become eligible to borrow lab equipment through the Baxter Box equipment-share program.

Teachers also receive ongoing support from the Baxter Center for Science Education.

This initiative is a collaborative partnership with Lindblom Math & Science Academy (LMSA), the Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) at Northwestern University, and Baxter International Inc. 

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 5/25/17