STEM Enrichment


Our STEM Enrichment Programs are one-week courses designed to provide students the opportunity to experience hands-on science in a biotechnology laboratory.

Held in state-of-the-art teaching labs at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, the curricula immerse students, ages 13-18, in authentic laboratory investigations. Students use cutting-edge biotechnology equipment, the scientific method, and critical thinking to analyze samples and make data-driven conclusions.

The course will be taught by the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy staff and volunteers. Each student will have ample guidance and support in these real-world investigations. All equipment is provided including gloves, goggles, lab coats, and lab manuals. Students must pack a bag lunch and will have a break in the day to enjoy it.

Fish Fraud Forensics

Recent rumors about an award winning (fictional) restaurant in Boston have reached the desk of a local reporter. She found out from her sources that the restaurant is committing fish fraud by selling cheaper species of fish as cod. The reporter has obtained samples of the white fish that the restaurant claims is cod and brought them to a forensic lab for DNA testing. Students participating in this course will serve as forensic scientists responsible for extracting DNA from the samples and identifying the species of fish. Over the course of the week, students will learn modern molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), and electrophoresis. On the final day of the program, students will analyze results to determine the identity of the fish species. Please note, the course uses actual fish in the lab in case of a known fish allergy.

Program Details and Summer 2024 Dates

July 8 – July 12: Fish Fraud Forensics

July 22 – July 26: Fish Fraud Forensics

Runs from 9am to 2pm Monday through Thursday, and 9am to 12pm on Friday.

Open to middle and high school students, ages 13 to 18, interested in real-world science and learning in a hands-on environment.

No math or science experience is needed to participate.  Curriculum is designed to meet all student needs.


You can complete your registration paperwork online by clicking button below.

Please contact Laura Richane, Director of Partnerships and Enrollment, at or 978.491.5968 x119, with any questions.


Tuition for all programs: $425 for one student, or $375 each if siblings enroll.

Tuition covers all supplies, consumables, lab coats, and a lab manual, which students keep.

We provide need-based financial aid to those who qualify. Please inquire for more information.