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

Important Announcement

Due to evolving circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, and in order to help ensure the well-being of Expedition: Bio participants and of our broader community, the difficult decision has been made to cancel both 2020 sessions of Expedition: Bio.

We are incredibly grateful for the time, energy, and expertise that our instructors, scientist volunteers, and program collaborators invested in helping plan the 2020 programs. We are deeply disappointed that their efforts will not come to fruition in a traditional Expedition: Bio experience -- and we will miss the excitement of sharing this special adventure with our student participants.

However, in the coming weeks we will explore ways to offer science learning opportunities for middle school students virtually. We will update our website as these plans develop.

Thank you for being part of the Expedition: Bio community.  

Stay safe and be well.


Exchange your swimsuits for lab coats in 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! 

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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