K-12 Educational Programs

The MBL offers a wide range of programs and resources for K-12 students and faculty. Each program or service listed on this page can be used to supplement a curriculum, as extracurricular activities, fields trips, or to enhance the classroom experience. If you are interested in a particular program or service, please refer to the contact information listed on each web page.

MBL Announces Foldscope Workshop For High School Teachers

foldscopeFoldscope is the ultra-affordable, paper microscope that you assemble yourself. Designed to be extremely portable, durable, and to give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes (magnification of 140X and 2 micron resolution), Foldscope brings hands-on microscopy to new places!

Foldscopes are very affordable for high school biology labs and they are portable so you can use them in the field or on a boat.

The inventor of Foldscope, Manu Prakash, from Stanford University will be at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole to run a workshop for local high school teachers on July 10, 2018 from 1:30- 3:30 pm. Space is limited to 20 participants. The deadline for registration is July 6. We have pre-purchased deluxe foldscope kits so, if you register, you can get one from us for $39.99. Meeting location and other arrangements will be communicated after you have registered. Click here to register.

Prakash will also be presenting a family-friendly Foldscope demo at the MBL’s “Thinking Big by Looking Small” event on July 11 and giving a Friday Evening Lecture on July 13.

Secondary School Programs:

The Marine Biological Laboratory is launching a new educational offering tailored for secondary education students. The program expands on the successful model used in MBL’s world-renowned advanced training courses for pre- and postdoctoral trainees. These courses provide intensive, hands-on, discovery-based modules taught by MBL’s community of resident faculty, technical experts, and Whitman Center scientists. Click here to learn more.

For Faculty & Students:

  • Aquaria Sets – The Marine Biological Laboratory’s Aquatic Resources Division offers a selection of marine organisms for a 10-gallon aquarium. This collection of live marine organisms is an economical way for students to observe a mini-intertidal ecosystem of invertebrate life in your classroom.
  • Tours of the MBL – The MBL tour program is designed to provide an opportunity to see the MBL at work, and to understand current projects and future plans.

Other Partnerships & Educational Websites: