2018 Hack the Helix Teachers at Biotech Without Borders

2018 Hack the Helix Teachers at Biotech Without Borders

hack the helix

Hack the helix is our teacher resource program

In conjunction with Math for America, Biotech without Borders will offer a PLT (Professional Learning Team) experience in the fall of 2018 around molecular biology skills. Public high school science teachers will meet at least monthly to share best practices and get on-demand access to equipment, training and mentoring. Our facility is a great place to try out new labs before doing them with your class. Plus you can use us as a staging area, preparing things like agar plates, solutions and sterile consumables. When you feel confident, you can even bring your class to the lab to deliver the lesson.

2018-2019 program is now open!

We successfully piloted this program with a small number of Math for America teachers, and aim to enroll many more for the fall PLT program. And even if you are not an MfA Master Teacher, you can still participate in the lab. Contact Dr. Jorgensen at ejorgensen@biotechwithoutborders.org for more information.

professional development


Hands-on lab classes through Math for America. Workshops and free talks throughout the year. Subjects include CRISPR, DNA barcoding, personal genomics, epigenetics, and more.

We also host regular open nights (PCR & Pizza) with pizza and beer where you can relax with colleagues, discuss best practices and learn about new technologies 

free or low-cost supplies

We have partnered with biotech supply companies, nonprofit organizations and science professionals to get donations of free supplies for NYC public school teachers. Enzymes, plasmids, DNA extraction kits and loaner equipment are available. We buy supplies in bulk, make many of our own solutions and reagents, and can help you hack your classroom to get what you need to teach great molecular science.