Expedition: Bio–A Summer Science Program for Middle School Students


Registration is now open. 

Exchange your swimsuits for lab coats this July and August, and join us for Whitehead Institute’s popular summer science program for middle school students, Expedition: Bio.

Delve into the amazing biology that thrives in the world around us during a two-week, fully immersive experience where curiosity meets real world science. And no question is off-limits!

Through hands-on activities both inside and outside the classroom, interactive laboratory modules, and discussions with scientists, rising 7th and 8th grade middle school students will learn how methods from the fields of ecology, genetics, chemistry, and bioengineering are used to answer some of the most challenging questions in the life sciences today—and have an awful lot of fun doing it! 

The program will  consist of two, two-week sessions. The first is set to be held July 8-19, and the second session will be August 5-16. 

Please note this year’s Expedition: Bio curriculum contains the same content as presented in the new iteration launched last summer. Therefore, we encourage only students who are new to Expedition: Bio apply.


Expedition: Bio program is supported by a generous contribution from the Amgen Foundation, with additional scholarship support provided by Sanofi Genzyme.  

Amgen and the Amgen Foundation support local and national organizations that spark students’ interest in the sciences through inquiry-based hands-on science experiences and that offer professional development opportunities for teachers.


Middle school student gathering a sample at Drumlin Farm

Middle school student gathering a sample at Drumlin Farm

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