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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.

Registration is now open here.

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 students participating in Expedition: Bio are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated with at least one booster against COVID-19, unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

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

Session I

Session I:

Monday, July 10–*Friday, July 21, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m   
(*The final 
Friday session on July 21 will end by 1:00 p.m.) 

Session II

Session II:

Monday, August 14–*Friday, August 25, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m  
(*The final 
Friday session on August 25 will end by 1:00 p.m) 

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 will end by 1:00 p.m.)

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 Wednesday, June 7, 2023. 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 is NOW OPEN hereand will close on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 or when capacity is reached.

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 Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
For more information contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu