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, 2020 for our 3-day summer workshops. Hope you’ll check back then!

Download 2019 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.

Philadelphia, PA

First Hand Lab
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

$0, fully funded by JSTI STEP!


San Diego, CA

August 5 - 7, 2019

3-days workshop

University of California
San Diego, California

$450 (early-bird); $550 after April 1st/person


Chapel Hill, NC

July 10 - 12, 2019

3-days workshop

University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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


West Palm Beach, FL

June 11 - 13, 2019

3-days workshop

Oxbridge Academy
West Palm Beach, Florida

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


Cambridge, MA

August 6 - 8, 2019

3-days workshop

BioBuilder's Learning Lab @LabCentral
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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


Workshop Costs and Scholarships


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.


To request a scholarship application, please send an email to 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

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. The tuition fee increases to $500 per workshop after April 1.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of online registration to hold your space, with the balance due 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop.

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?

At the time of online registration, you may pay a $50 non-refundable deposit or the registration fee in full. Both options are payable by credit card.  If a deposit payment is made, then you will be emailed an invoice for the remaining balance, to be paid by check or credit card no later than 30 days prior to the workshop. Once payment has been received in full, you will receive a receipt by email.
We are unable to issue Purchase Orders.
And as a reminder: for those who register prior to April 1, early bird workshop tuition is $400. Tuition increases to $500 per workshop after April 1.

Is there a cancellation policy?

If you cancel your registration up to thirty (30) business days before the selected workshop, your fee will be refunded less the $50 non-refundable deposit.  If you need to cancel fewer than thirty (30) business days before the selected workshop, we are unable to process a refund.  However, you may send a substitute in your place or request to transfer your registration to another summer workshop location, if space is available.  If BioBuilder needs to cancel a workshop for any reason, we will contact you as far in advance as possible.  If we are unable to reschedule, we will refund the full registration fee.

Do you have scholarships available?

Yes! To request a scholarship application, please send an email to 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 and lodging information, and synthetic biology reading / video resources.

Please email to request lodging and transportation information.

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.

Do you have any information about lodging?

We will update our handout soon!

Are PDPs awarded for participation in these workshops?

BioBuilder is a registered PDP provider in Massachusetts (provider #: 2018F0011). Workshop participants from Massachusetts schools can earn 21 PDPs.