The Life Sciences Outreach Program at Harvard University is committed to enhancing high school biology education in New England through professional development programs for teachers and hands-on laboratory experiences for students. The program seeks to bring teachers up to date on faculty research in the life sciences, and partners with both faculty and participating teachers to develop innovative curriculum materials. Since 2002, we have offered a number of annual programs for high school students and teachers that not only deepen scientific literacy, but create an environment for scientific curiosity.
Teachers learn about current research through the Fall Lecture Series and laboratory activities. Each spring, over 30 teachers bring their students to on-campus laboratory sessions during the Spring Program. Teacher participants are offered access to Harvard faculty and Outreach resources throughout the academic year. We rely upon our participating teachers for input and direction as we continually develop and improve programming. As the main Amgen Biotech Experience Program site in Massachusetts, we have introduced about 100 teachers and thousands of students to this exciting biotechnology program.
In the period stretching from 2002-2017, we have provided science outreach to over 21,000 students and 500 teachers from across New England. In addition to our successful recruitment of high school teachers and students, we have involvement from over 50 faculty members and 160 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
We are eager to expand our community of learners and welcome new graduate students, post-docs, faculty and staff to join Life Sciences Outreach in sharing the resources of Harvard University with local high school teachers and students.