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Exchange your swimsuits for lab coats this July and August and join us for a virtual addition of Whitehead Institute’s popular summer science program for middleschool students, Expedition: Bio. 

Through virtual 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! 

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

Below are the session schedules for 2021. Each session covers the same content, so students should only apply for one session. 

A sample schedule is available for download. For more information, contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu.

Session I

Monday, July 12 -Friday, August July 23 from 9:30am to 2:30pm

Each day will include approximately 2 ½ hours of laboratory modules/activities in the morning and 1 hour of project based instruction in the afternoon, with a break for lunch.

Session II

Monday, August 16 -Friday, August 27 from 9:30am to 2:30pm 

Each day will include approximately 2 ½ hours of laboratory modules/activities in the morning and 1 hour of project based instruction in the afternoon, with a break for lunch.

FAQ
What is Expedition: Bio?

Exchange your swimsuits for lab coats this July and August and join us for a virtual addition of Whitehead Institute’s popular summer science program for middleschool students, Expedition: Bio. 

Through virtual 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?

Each day will include approximately 2 ½ hours of laboratory modules/activities in the morning and 1 hour of project based instruction in the afternoon, with a break for lunch.

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?

Free! Expedition: Bio is free of charge this year for all accepted registrants. 

What's provided?

Professional science instructors, a professionally designed curriculum, and a pre-packaged Expedition: Bio lab kit containing all materials necessary for a fun, educational, and memorable experience. *Lab kits will be mailed to each student prior to the start of the program.

Registration

Registration Requirements:

  • Parental consent is required for online registration.
  • Registration is limited to 24 students per session. 
  • Two two-week sessions of the same program are held during July and August.
  • Each session will cover the same content, so students should only apply for one session. Because space is limited, registrants are encouraged to apply early.

Parental Consent: A signed parental consent form is required to complete registration.

What’s provided:  Professional science instructors, a professionally designed curriculum, and a pre-packaged Expedition: Bio lab kit containing all materials necessary for a fun, educational, and memorable experience. *Lab kits will be mailed to each student prior to the start of the program.

For more information contact Amy Tremblay or visit our FAQ page