Biotech Academy

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Pre-College Programs
Pre-College Programs
Program is open to students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates (ages 15-18).

Can computer science help us do a better job managing bee hives? How can we grow meat without animals? How can genome editing help cure diseases? Delve into the limitless potential of biotech and how it offers breakthroughs to combat diseases, reduce our carbon footprint, address hunger, and promote cleaner energy.

In our Biotech Academy pre-college summer program for high school students, you’ll learn about the role of biotech in the advances in medicine, cybersecurity, and the environment from experts in the field. Engage in hands-on experiential learning and design thinking to create your own technology-based solution to a biological problem.

Our two-week residential program provides students the opportunity to engage with faculty and local small business owners to understand how biology and technology interact at a theoretical and applied level.

A sample of the sessions students will take include:

  • Learning from Champlain College faculty about the ways that biology, technology, and society intersect
  • Visiting and engaging with local businesses that are using biotechnology to understand and solve problems in healthcare, cybersecurity, food systems, and environmental science
  • Brainstorming with our Emergent Media Center to develop skills as a design thinker
  • Building prototypes at our local maker space with 3D printers, vinyl cutters, and wood cutters
  • Designing and planning a unique project that solves a biological problem

Champlain’s two-week Biotech summer program is designed for:

  • Students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates
  • Students who are interested in biology, technology, and health sciences 
  • Students who want to solve problems scientifically
  • Students considering studying biotech or molecular biology in college and would like hands-on experience
  • Students who want to explore career pathways in biotech

Pre-College Summer Program Details

Biotech Academy



Students entering grades 10–12 and recent high school graduates
Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 19, 2024
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Get a Jump Start on College Education

In the Biotech pre-college summer program, students will:

  • Explore the relationships and intersections between biology and technology
  • Learn about key advances in the field of biotech (e.g. CRISPR and AI)
  • Learn about design thinking and how it can be used to understand and solve biological problems
  • Create a technology-based solution to address a key biological problem
  • Collaborate with others to refine and develop ideas
  • Build confidence and real-world experience

Learn From the Best

In Champlain’s Biotech Academy, learn from Champlain College faculty and local, innovative business leaders, all of whom have significant industry expertise and extensive professional connections.
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Make New Friends

Be with people who are as passionate as you are about biotech. By working together in the classroom, living together in the residence halls, and enjoying extracurricular activities, students form friendships that last far beyond the length of the Academy.

Experience World-Class Academics

Champlain College is renowned for preparing future leaders in the most sought-after career fields and professions that today’s students are most passionate about. Explore our facilities, learn from our industry-expert faculty, and enjoy our beautiful campus.
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Example of a Daily Schedule

The daily program will include morning and afternoon instruction, and a combination of instruction and recreational activities in the evenings. We’ll work right through the weekend to take full advantage of the time we have together!

8:00 – 9:00 AMBreakfast and Morning Meeting
9:00 AM – 12:00 PMDiscussion: Biotech and Cellular Agriculture
What is cellular agriculture? How do food systems and biotechnology intersect? Can cellular agriculture reduce carbon emissions?
12:00 – 2:00 PMLunch and Recreation
2:00 – 5:00 PMActivity: Biotech and Cellular Agriculture
Field trip to a company that uses cellular agriculture to understand how cellular agriculture works and how we can scale up production in the future. Demonstrations and Q&A with employees.
5:00 – 10:00 PMDinner and Evening Lab or Recreation Activity
11:00 PMLights Out

Experience College Before College

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We were impressed with what the kids accomplished in such a short time. My child came away from the experience being able to talk about what he liked about different facets of the work presented.
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