MassBioEd partners with underserved schools to ensure student access to authentic life sciences in the classroom. Qualifying schools or districts can partner with MassBioEd through the multi-year ACCESS Program, the equipment grant programs or the TOTE Equipment Lending Program.
Aligned Curricular and Career Experiences for Secondary Science (ACCESS Program)
The ACCESS Program brings teachers, administrators and scientists together to provide partner districts with vertically aligned, hands-on life science lab lessons and career experiences for students in grades 6-10. Teachers in all grades receive training and practice with ACCESS Program lessons and equipment as well as in-school (or remote) coaching and mentoring to incorporate ACCESS Program lessons and career awareness into existing curriculum.
The ACCESS Program focuses on four key elements:
- Student centered learning and career awareness
- Intensive district-wide teacher training and support that creates independence and sustainability
- Three years of in-school mentoring for lab implementation
- All required materials, equipment, and supplies
To learn more about the ACCESS Program, contact BioTeach@massbioed.org.
The BioTeach Training and Equipment Grant program, supported by Thermo Fisher Scientific helps facilitate hands-on life science lessons in middle and high schools in the New England area. This grant program is open to schools whose educators have participated in one or more BioTeach workshops since January 2018. Priority will be given to under-served public schools, but educators from any school are welcome to apply. There is a limit of one grant per school.
All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- School involvement with MassBioEd: Measured by science staff participation at BioTeach workshops within the last 4 years. The primary applicant must have attended 1 or more workshops, and participation from other life science teachers is an important consideration.
- School demographics: Priority will be given to public middle and high schools with a significant percentage of the student population classified as economically disadvantaged by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or an equivalent organization.
- Proposed activities or laboratories: The equipment requested must be directly related to the proposed labs and activities. The labs and activities being proposed should be supported by training that the applicants have previously completed or are scheduled to complete.
Before your application can be considered, you must complete the online form, including a description of your proposed lab(s) and activities and a brief explanation of how the requested items will help you engage students. Please provide as much detail as possible when answering the application questions. Direct any questions to BioTeach@massbioed.org.
Take Out Training and Equipment (TOTE) Lending Program
Take Out Training and Equipment (TOTE) is a lending program designed for schools that do not have the equipment and reagents to bring desired lab activities to their students. TOTE provides teachers who have attended BioTeach workshops with everything needed to deliver activities and labs that engage students in biotechnology techniques and investigations. Through TOTE students have access to molecular models, micropipettes, reagents, gel electrophoresis and PCR equipment needed to perform restriction digests, plasmid mapping, PCR, and bacterial transformation. As part of this lending program, a BioTeach Instructor provides remote mentoring to partner schools.