Professional Development

Our online platform lets you learn with teachers around the world who will bring tomorrow’s science into today’s classrooms.

BioBuilder’s workshops will impact your understanding of biology and your approach to teaching it.

Co-taught by BioBuilder’s Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Natalie Kuldell, and Tynsborough High School’s (and BioBuilder’s Master teacher), Dr. Rebekah Ravgiala, 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.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Sign up through June 16, 2021 for Session 1

Sign up through July 7, 2021 for Session 2

Upcoming Workshops

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Summer Workshops

For two weeks in July and two weeks in August, BioBuilder will offer its Teacher Professional Development workshops in a more flexible format.

Participating teachers will have access to BioBuilder's online lectures, readings, and activities to cover at their own pace over two weeks, and then can join two live laboratory sessions taught by BioBuilder instructors to synchronously prep and run the BioBuilder experiment. BioBuilder Essentials Training: Part 1 will cover the Eau That Smell experiment and participating teachers will receive a copy of the BioBuilder textbook and an Eau That Smell kit, sent to their school in advance.

The cost for the workshop will be $250/person, or $200/person when 2 or more teachers from the same school register.

Part 1: Eau That Smell

July 21 - August 5, 2021

16-days workshop

Session 2
Hybrid-Remote

$250/person

OPEN

Part 1: Eau That Smell

June 30 - July 15, 2021

16-days workshop

Session 1
Hybrid-Remote

$250/person

OPEN

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


Lindsey L.Master Teacher, Andover High School

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?

Our hybrid workshops can accommodate up to 100 participants per two-week session.

How much does it cost to attend?

$250 per teacher, which includes all online platform materials with on-demand life-time access to the course content, a copy of the BioBuilder textbook, and one lab kit that will be sent to the teacher’s school during the workshop.

When 2 or more teachers sign up from one school the cost is $200 per teacher, with full access for each teacher to the course content, a book for each teacher, and one lab kit sent to the school during the workshop.

 

What does the registration fee include?

  • 10 hours of recorded lectures, with on-demand life-time access to the course content;
  • Slide decks to download for teaching and learning;
  • 2 weeks of access to our social engagement platform to interact with other teachers and BioBuilder’s instructors;
  • A copy of BioBuilder’s textbook;
  • Eau That Smell Lab Kit (sent to participant’s school);
  • 6 hours of synchronous lab training to prep and run Eau That Smell, available as a recording if needed;
  • Certificate of Completion;
  • Discounted enrollment in BioBuilder’s follow-up Essentials Training Sessions.

How do I register?

Please register for the July or August session through the links above.

We have a rolling admissions process. Workshops are limited to 100 teachers and attendance is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission requires payment of tuition as the time of registration.

Do you have scholarships available?

We do not have scholarships available at this time.

What is the payment process?

To complete registration, participants must pay the tuition fee by credit card. If you require a purchase order payment, please reach out to us at info@biobuilder.org.

 

 

Is there a cancellation policy?

Registration may be cancelled up to 15 days prior to the selected workshop’s start date. In such cases, a refund of the registration fee will be issued, less applicable processing fees.

We are unable to refund registration fees for cancellations received less than 15 days prior to your selected workshop.

Who will teach the workshop?

The course will be taught by Dr. Natalie Kuldell and Dr. Rebekah Ravgiala.

 

Dr. Natalie Kuldell is the Founder and Executive Director of BioBuilder. Natalie has taught for more than a dozen years in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a highly regarded educator who develops discovery-based curricula drawn from the current literature to engage students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory and project-based experiences. She studied Chemistry as an undergraduate at Cornell, completed her doctoral and postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School, and taught at Wellesley College before joining the faculty at MIT in 2003.

 

Dr. Rebekah Ravgiala teaches Biology and Advanced Placement Biology at Tyngsborough High School in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in Biology and a doctorate in Mathematics and Science Education. She has been actively involved in the BioBuilder community since 2011, leading a BioBuilderClub team, and serving as a member of its Board of Directors. She is a recipient of the ASBMB Fostering K12/University Partnership Grant and the AMGEN Excellence in Science Teaching Award.

 

How much time would teachers be expected to spend per week?

We anticipate that participants will spend 8-12 hours/week completing the online coursework and synchronous lab work.

Is there an online code of conduct?

Yes. We require that all participants agree to our community Code of Conduct. Review the Online Code of Conduct here: https://bit.ly/BB-Code-of-Conduct.

My question isn’t here! What should I do?

Please email your question to info@biobuilder.org and we’ll get back to you.