BioQuest's Site Explorations, specialized half-day job shadows for an entire class of high school students, are the ideal way to illuminate the connection between classroom course work and rewarding 21st century science careers. During the school day, a class of up to 32 high school students visit Seattle BioMed for an introduction to global health, engage in a biosafety overview, partake in tours of our research laboratories, converse with Seattle BioMed scientists; and best of all, complete their day with a hands-on laboratory investigation in the BioQuest Discovery Lab. Please read the FAQs below to best prepare your students to step into science through BioQuest Site Explorations!
The Site Explorations program is fully booked for the remainder of this academic year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org in September if you would like to schedule a Site Exploration for the 2013-14 school year.
Site Exploration FAQs & Answers:
Q. Are Seattle BioMed Site Explorations restricted to high school audiences?
A. Yes. Due to a variety of reasons, including capacity and State safety laws BioQuest is a program solely for high school classes. Without exception, we do not host middle school tours.
Q. Talk to me about scheduling.
A. Seattle BioMed will host 4-5 schools per month over the 2012-13 school year. Site Explorations occur only on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and take place between the hours of 10 to 1 (2-3 hours, depending upon the age of the students). There are two lab experiences offered in the Discovery Lab. In the fall and winter, students explore math and science in the context of drug discovery for tuberculosis. During the spring, we discuss malaria by having your students dissect dead, uninfected anopheles mosquitoes.
Q. What are class size limitations on Site Explorations.
A. Seattle BioMed donors co-sponsor all fieldtrips. We request that educators bring at least 10 students and no more than 32 students.
Q. Do I need to bring a chaperone?
A. Yes. All tours need to bring at least two adult chaperones.
Q. How will I get to Seattle BioMed.
A. Seattle BioMed is in downtown Seattle in the South Lake Union community (click here for our location). There is no dedicated parking for schools or buses but a variety of metro lines and parking lots service our area.
Q. How will my students eat?
A. Seattle BioMed provides a 20 minute meal/snack break at half way through the tour. With generous support of our donors, we are able to provide bottled water and snack bars to augment the foods that students will bring from home. We do not provide meals.
Q. Seattle BioMed is an infectious disease research institute! What precautions are taken to reduce risks with our students?
A. All students under the age of 18 must have their parents complete a safety release form prior to visiting Seattle BioMed. Students must be accompanied by a chaperone and Seattle BioMed staff member during the duration of the Site Exploration. Students must adhere to the safety guideines and rules taught during the Site Exploration, including always wearing closed-toe showes during the visit.
Q. I want to see more students, including my child, have this opportunity. What can I do?
A. Talk to your child's educator about the Site Exploration program! Site Explorations are organized and led by educators and are sponspred by Seattle BioMed donors. The average cost of safely and engagingly hosting a student tour in the only dedicated education lab in the northwest is nearly $500 so please consider making a gift to the BioQuest program to ensure that schools can continue to visit Seattle BioMed at no cost.