lab membership

Hack the helix is our teacher resource hub

Teacher lab memberships give high school teachers 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 yopu feel confident, you can even bring your class to the lab to deliver the lesson.

We are currently piloting this program with a small number of NYC public high school teachers.

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 Teacher Meetups 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.