Boyce Thompson Institute

Please contact Tiffany Fleming, Site Director, 607-254-6732 [email protected]

Professional Development at the Boyce Thompson Institute links teachers, students and scientists in plant biology research for a sustainable future.  Our lesson plans, laboratory activities and plant experiments kits engage students in authentic scientific inquiry. Using real plants and real questions, classroom-generated data can be share with researchers online to improve agriculture, protect the environment and enhance human health.

Teachers attending the Boyce Thompson Institute Site will experience the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Teaching Parnters workshop that benefits from Boyce Thompson Institute's emphasis on Plant Research.

Each workshop includes seminars, hands-on laboratory activities, field visits, and collaborative work time. Participants will interact with other teachers, researchers, and industry professionals and will leave with the ability to teach basic Bioenergy and Bioproducts concepts. Furthermore, participants will understand how to conduct and present the hands-on activities in their own classroom.

Participants are encouraged to work with other teachers in their schools/districts to develop collaborative projects aimed at introducing students to the topics of Bioenergy and Bioproducts.

Participant Support

  • Participants in the One-week workshop receive the following support:
  • $300 stipend
  • Lunches
  • Lodging Allowance
  • Transportation to/from tour sites
  • Approximately $400 in Program materials, including a Bioenergy & Bioproducts Primer and kits to bring back to your classroom.
  • Suite of laboratory activities, including lab workbook and materials
  • School year follow-up support from our team

Educators in the One-week Workshops will leave with the ability to teach basic bioenergy and bioproducts concepts to students and other teachers in their school using hands-on activities provided by the program. 

The program provides school year follow-up support to participants for use of the kits and activities.

These workshops bring teachers together every summer to learn about recent research in biology and to promote interactions between teachers and Cornell scientists. Each workshop includes presentations from scientists and engineers and industry experts, hands-on lab and field activities, and opportunities for teachers to interact with other teachers and researchers. The 2014 one-week Teaching Partner workshops will be held in summer.