Professional Development

By bringing tomorrow’s science into today’s classrooms, BioBuilder’s three-day professional development workshops will impact your understanding of biology and your approach to teaching it. Co-taught by a practicing synthetic biologist and a high school teacher, our workshops combine classroom, laboratory, and design activities that are both accessible and inspiring. You’ll leave with ready-to-teach lessons that bring engineering into your biology classrooms, labs, or science clubs.

BioBuilder has been the coolest thing to happen to me in my career!


Lindsey L.Master Teacher, Andover High School

Upcoming Workshops

Registration opens in January, 2018 for our 3-day summer workshops in

Houston, TX (June 5th – 7th)

New York, NY (July 10th – 12th)

Hershey, PA (July 25th – 27th)

Evanston, IL (July 31st – Aug 2nd)

Cambridge, MA (July 31st – Aug 2nd)

and

Tijuana, Mexico (August 6th – 8th)

This summer we are also offering a 1-day advanced workshop for teachers interested in bringing DNA Assembly techniques and research to their classrooms. This workshop will be offered in Cambridge, MA (Aug 3rd)

Download 2018 Workshop Information

Summer Workshops

Workshops are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 3 consecutive days at the locations posted below. As space is limited at each workshop, attendance is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis through payment of the deposit. Fees include full tuition, daily lunch, a copy of the BioBuilder textbook, and written materials.

Evanston, IL

July 31 - August 2, 2018

3-days workshop

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

CLOSED

Houston, TX

June 5 - 7, 2018

3-days workshop

Rice University
Houston, Texas

$400 (early-bird); $500 after April 1st

CLOSED

New York, NY

July 10 - 12, 2018

3-days workshop

Rockefeller University
New York City, New York

$400 (early-bird); $500 after April 1st

CLOSED

Hershey, PA

July 25 - 27, 2018

3-days workshop

Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, Pennsylvania

$400 (early-bird); $500 after April 1st

CLOSED

Cambridge, MA

July 31 - August 2, 2018

3-days workshop

BioBuilder's Learning Lab @LabCentral
Cambridge, Massachusetts

$400 (early bird)/ $500 after April 1st

CLOSED

Tijuana, México

August 6 - 8, 2018

3-days workshop

School of Medicine at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California / Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana
Tijuana, Alaska

CLOSED

Cambridge, MA

August 3, 2018

1-day workshop

BioBuilder's Learning Lab @LabCentral
Cambridge, Massachusetts

$100/person

CLOSED

Workshop Costs and Scholarships

REGISTRATION TIMING AND COSTS

Early registration tuition is $400 per person when registered by April 1; fees increase to $500 after April 1. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of online registration, with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to the workshop.

SCHOLARSHIPS

To request a scholarship application, please send an email to info@biobuilder.org with the subject line: “Request for Summer Workshop Scholarship Form.”

See FAQs below for more information regarding eligibility and payment information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about BioBuilder’s Professional Development Workshops here. If you can’t find the answers here please feel free to email your questions to us at info@biobuilder.org.

Are the workshops geared toward high school, middle school teachers, elementary, or university level teachers?

The workshops are designed primarily for high school teachers, but all educators are welcome. In the past, we have also had participants from educational organizations, government, and nonprofits doing work related to STEM education.

How many people may participate in each workshop?

The average workshop has 15—20 participants. Class sizes range by location due to laboratory space limitations.

How much does it cost to attend a 3-day workshop?

For those who register prior to April 1, workshop tuition is $400. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of online registration, with the balance due four weeks prior to the workshop. The tuition fee increases to $500 per workshop after April 1.

How do I register?

Please register through the links above, selecting which location you wish to attend. Summer workshop registration opens in January through a rolling admissions process. As space is limited at each workshop, attendance is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis through payment of the $50 registration deposit.

What does the registration fee include?

Participants are provided with lunch each day, a copy of the BioBuilder textbook, and a binder with handouts of the workshop material covered. Workshop registration fees also cover consumable laboratory materials, instruction, and operational support.

What is the payment process?

Upon completing online registration (see links above to register by location), you will be directed to electronic payment options including American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal. You may pay the $50 non-refundable registration deposit to hold your place at the workshop or pay in full: $400 if registered by April 1; $500 after that date.

Schools may request to pay in full by check for teachers that have completed the online registration (without PayPal payment). An invoice with check payment instructions will be emailed to the school email provided. Please note that we are unable to issue Purchase Orders.

For those not paying in full at the time of registration, the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to workshop: $350 if registered before April 1, $450 if registered after April 1. Balance invoices will be emailed through PayPal.

Do you have scholarships available?

Yes! To request a scholarship application, please send an email to info@biobuilder.org with the subject line: “Request for Summer Workshop Scholarship Form.” Anyone requesting financial assistance MUST register and pay the $50 deposit for a workshop prior to submitting the scholarship application. The registration deposit fee will not be covered in the scholarship. The scholarship amount awarded will be based upon the availability of funding. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis, in biweekly periods.

Scholarship support for certain BioBuilder workshops is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents due to restrictions mandated by U.S. federal funding agencies. Travel support is not available to any applicant.

What is the difference between the workshops held at various locations?

Summer workshops all follow roughly the same format. The core BioBuilder curriculum is taught through engaging lectures and hands-on labs. There may be slight modifications in lecture and lab content, with teaching module variations selected by the instructors. Luncheon guest speakers will vary by location.

Who will teach the workshop?

Workshops are taught by two trained BioBuilder instructors, one of whom is a university faculty member or grad student, and the other a high school teacher with direct experience teaching the BioBuilder curriculum.

Logistics: Where do I find information about parking, suggested lodging, and other travel information?

Logistics and other pertinent information will be emailed to participants one month prior to the workshop, including a 3-day schedule, map, directions and parking, area information, lodging options, and synthetic biology reading / video resources.

What should I bring and wear to the workshop?

Because workshops are taught in both laboratory and classroom environments, be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and pants for the laboratory setting. Lab coats will be available. It would be helpful to bring a laptop if you have one. Finally, please bring a valid form of identification.

Can I bring my own food or are lunches provided? What if I have dietary restrictions?

Lunch will be provided daily for all participants. During the registration process we ask participants to list any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to order food that avoids any listed restrictions.

What about the Northwestern University workshop registration?

The workshop at Northwestern University is free, thanks to generous support from The Baxter Center for Science Education, a hub for high school and middle school curriculum, teacher professional development, and resources in the field of biotechnology. The Baxter Center for Science Education has a separate online application process and registration for this workshop is unavailable through the BioBuilder website.