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Exchange your swimsuits for lab coats this July and August, and join us back in person 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.

Schedule

Each session will cover the same content, so students should only apply for one session. Registration is limited to 24 students per session. Because space is limited, registrants are encouraged to apply early.

*All registrants eligible for vaccination must be up to date with their Covid vaccinations or have a medical or religious exemption in order to participate in this program.

For more information, contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu.

 

 

Session I

Session I: Monday, July 11–*Friday, July 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m   
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The final Friday session on July 22 will end by 1:00 pm) 

Session II

Session II: Monday, August 8–*Friday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m  
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The final Friday session on August 19 will end by 1:00 pm) 

FAQ
What is Expedition: Bio?

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. 

Through hands-on activities, 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! 

What is the daily schedule?

9:00am- 2:30pm (*The final Friday session will end by 1:00 pm)

Who can register for the workshop?

Registration is open to middle school students entering grades 7-8 in the fall and requires parental consent.   

Two two-week sessions of the same program are held during July and August. Each session typically covers the same content, so students should only apply for one session.

How many students participate in the workshop?

24 students per session are accepted into the program.

How much does the workshop cost?

$1000 per student. A non-refundable $500 deposit is due at time of registration. The remainder ($500) is due by Friday, June 24, 2022. You may opt to pay the full amount of $1000 during initial registration.

Tuition Assistance: a limited number of full-tuition scholarships are available to applicants who demonstrate financial need. To apply click here. (By completing this form you do not need to apply through general registration)

What's provided?

Morning snack and lunch, professional science instructors, a professionally designed curriculum, field trip fees, and all lab materials necessary for a fun, educational, and memorable experience.

Registration

Registration for the 2022 program is now closed. 

Registration Requirements

  1. A signed parental consent form is required to complete this registration. Click here to download the parental consent form. You will be required to upload this form to the online application.
     
  2. A registration fee of $1000. A $500 non-refundable reservation fee is required upon registration with the remaining balance due by Friday, June 24, 2022.

For more information contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu