• September 15, 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Voyagers

This program will cover the field of biology from its fundamental principles through cutting-edge synthetic biology and drug discovery. Each week we will focus primarily on hands-on lab activities using high-quality microscopes, DNA-copying thermocyclers, DNA analysis gels, cell culture supplies, centrifuges, and other real laboratory equipment. No prior knowledge of biology is required.

This two-semester program will cover key concepts in (1) cell biology, (2) biochemistry, (3) molecular biology, and (4) microbiology. Each session will have a short lecture summarizing the reading material but will mainly focus on hands-on lab activities involving that topic.  


This program is designed to provide laboratory experience and overview of fundamentals for individuals working at a range of levels. The level of learning will depend on the choice of textbook (from among the two suggested), the preparation of the individual, and the amount of work the individual does at home. Parents are encouraged to review the textbooks suggested in the syllabus to determine whether this course will meet the child's needs. Please consult with Dr. Rider prior to registration if you have any questions.


Drop-Off "Chaperones"

In order to ensure safety, we require that at least one adult remain on site when this program is in session. We will need parents to take turns in this role, which will entail: allowing us to run a CORI check, helping with any emergency situation that may arise, and remaining on site until all children and teens have been picked up. Please plan to sign up for one or two weeks as the designated "chaperone."


This is a two-semester program. The two semesters fit together very well, but either semester may be taken independently if desired. Registration for the fall semester is currently open.

Fall semester: September 15 through December 8 (excluding November 24; makeup date December 15)

Spring semester: January 26 to April 27, 2018 (excluding February 23 and April 20; makeup date May 4)

Each semester will consist of 12 sessions meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 on Fridays.

Cost and registration

The cost for the semester is:

$355 for Voyagers members

$380 for nonmembers

Payment in full is due at the time of registration.



For information on course content, please contact Dr. Todd Rider: thor@riderinstitute.org.

For help with registration, please contact RCDirector@voyagersinc.org

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