Baxter International Inc. Science@Work Biotechnology Program
In 2008, Baxter International, Inc. launched Science@Work: Expanding Minds with Real-World Science, a multi-year commitment to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to support teacher training and student development in healthcare and biotechnology. The program is the largest corporate donation to biotechnology education in CPS history. In the 2009-2010 school year, the program reached more than 32,000 students and nearly 300 teachers in 150 schools. Baxter also continued its work with the Lindblom Math and Science Academy's Biotechnology Center of Excellence and the Illinois Institute of Technology Instructional Development Program to provide in-depth biotechnology teacher training and lesson plans to 90 CPS high school teachers.
The IIT High School Transformation Project provided significant attention to the integration of biotechnology into the science curriculum with funding from the Department of Education. When the three year grant ended, Baxter International graciously welcomed IIT into its Biotechnology efforts.
In 2013, Baxter's funding continues. The results of this support are manifest in the activities and lesson plans that can be found on the web-site. IIT continues to have biotechnology workshops for teachers and we continue to distribute materials, due to the generosity of Baxter International, Inc. Biotechnology lessons can be found at: http://www.iit.edu/csl/msed/resources/baxter