Science Education Partnership

Summer Session

Our year-long program includes a 13-day Summer Session in which teachers work with each other, with Lead Teachers and with SEP staff to gain skills and expertise in molecular biology and genetics. A component of the Summer Session includes a week working side-by-side with a scientist mentor in a research laboratory. During the school year, teachers use our kit loan program so that students can work with cutting edge life science research tools and concepts in their school classrooms.

What happens during the Summer Session?

In the Teaching Lab:

Work with two dozen of your colleagues, Lead Teachers, and SEP staff learning the key concepts and techniques used in research laboratories, and participating in discussions concerning the integration of research and biotechnology into your classroom.


In the Research Lab:

Work hands-on with a research scientist mentor. Share a scientist's enthusiasm as you work one-on-one at the lab bench at one of our partner sites. Be on the cutting edge of biotechnological and basic research, working in genetics, genomics, immunology, molecular biology, or cancer biology.


For the Classroom:

Use the "Understanding by Design" (Wiggins & McTighe) or backward design approach to customize and personalize an SEP Kit activity to mesh with your students and curriculum.

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