Project biotech


Shoreline Community College's Biotechnology Lab opens its doors to high school students for week-long explorations of biotechnology and DNA sequencing!  To learn about prior camps, click on the links below.

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 What are students saying about PROJECT BIOTECH?

  "I totally loved it. I could never get this experience in a public school.”

                         - 2017 "Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond" Camper

 "This camp has opened my eyes to the vastness and the wonder of what biology can do for society.”

                         - 2017 "Biotechnology & Infectious Disease" Camper

"Project Biotech has taught us so many new skills we can actually apply to the work force. You have really made a difference in our future.”

                         - 2017 "Biotechnology & the Environment" Camper

"The experience is immensely valuable not only by giving her real world experience, but also in stoking her curiosity, building confidence and showing her the wide application of the techniques & knowledge she’s been accumulating! Can’t wait for next year.”

                         - Parent of 2017 "Biotechnology & the Environment" Camper


  • Are you interested in learning more about the field of biotechnology? 
  • Want to know what scientists actually DO in the lab? 

 Then join us for week-long experiences in Shoreline's state-of-the-art Biotechnology Lab! 

2018 Summer Camps

Registration for 2018 PROJECT BIOTECH summer camps is now open!  Those on our mailing list are notified by email when registration is available.  If you are not currently on our mailing list and would like to be, please email Dr. Dina Kovarik, Chair of the Biotechnology Lab Specialist Program at

Download our current camp flier!

Each camp can accept only 24 students so early registration is encouraged. Applications from current 8th through 11th graders will be reviewed immediately. 12th grade student applications will be reviewed after June 1st if there are camp openings available.

Camp dates and topics are listed below.  Additional details about camp content will be posted as they become available.

If cost is a prohibiting factor in your ability to attend this camp, funding may be available for you. Please email Dr. Dina Kovarik ( for more information.

** All 2018 Camps are Currently Full But Registrations are Still Accepted. These campers will be added to the Wait Lists and will be notified by email if / when an opening becomes available.**

Week 1: June 25-29, 2018 - Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond

Biotechnology is a diverse field that includes tools and techniques that are used in all fields of biology. This camp is designed for rising freshmen and sophomores or students with little biotechnology experience and includes micropipetting; DNA purification, PCR and sequence analysis used to identify species; making a genetically modified organism (GMO); and visits with scientists from the Puget Sound area.  This camp is designed for rising freshman, rising sophomores, and campers of any age interested in basic biotechnology training.

Molecular biology and biotechnology skills development including:

  • Micropipetting
  • DNA Purification & DNA Sequencing
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
  • Discussions with Scientists
  • Using computers to view macromolecules & analyzing DNA data for genetic testing

Week 2: July 9-13, 2018 - Biotechnology & Infectious Disease: Tracking Pandemic Flu

We’re encouraged to get a flu vaccine every year. Why does that vaccine protect us from the flu some years, but not others? More importantly, what does that tell us about the risk of a flu pandemic? This camp provides hands-on lab and computer activities like those researchers use to study infectious disease outbreaks with diagnostic tools like ELISAs and Western blots, as well as sequence analysis of global flu strains to understand how a seasonal flu can change to a pandemic. This camp will also include tours of local research institutions near downtown Seattle and is designed for rising juniors and seniors, PROJECT BIOTECH camp alumni, or other students with more biotechnology experience.

     Molecular biology and biotechnology skills development including:

  •  Advanced lab techniques to diagnose & treat disease: outbreak investigations, SDS-PAGE, Western blots & ELISAs
  • Biotech company and research institution tours in Seattle
  • Career panel and discussions with scientists
  • Biotechnology & human health career exploration

Week 3: July 23-27, 2018 - Biotechnology & Cancer: Causes, Cures, Careers

Why do some mutations in our DNA lead to cancer, but others do not? How does biotechnology help doctors diagnose different types of cancer and customize treatments for each patient? The camp provides hands-on lab and computer activities that will demonstrate how DNA- and protein-based assays like Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and ELISAs are used in the diagnosis and treatment of different types of cancer. This camp will also include tours of research institutions and companies in the area and is designed for rising juniors and seniors,PROJECT BIOTECH camp alumni, or other students with more biotechnology experience.

     Molecular biology and biotechnology skills development including:

  •  Genetic mutations which can result in cancer
  • Bioinformatics relevant to cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Lab assays for DNA and protein analysis
  • Tour of biotech companies or UW research labs
  • Career panel and discussions with scientists 

2017 Summer Camps Highlights

Our 2017 PROJECT BIOTECH summer camp season ended Friday, July 28, 2017.  We held three camps:

  • Week 1: Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond (June 26-30, 2017)
  • Week 2: Biotechnology & Infectious Disease: Tracking Pandemic Flu (July 10-14, 2017)
  • Week 3: Biotechnology & the Environment: Exploring the Health of the Salish Sea (July 24-28, 2017)
For highlights of our these camps, please click the video links below.   

 Thank you to our 2018 camp sponsors!

 Norcliffe Foundation Logo

Seattle Genetics LogoJuno Therapeutics Logo

 ZymoGenetics LogoAGC Logo

 Novo Nordisk LogoCelgene Logo

 Northshore School District LogoEverett School District Logo 

        Edmonds School District Logo

Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP * Aptevo Therapeutics * Covance * NanoString Technologies

Shoreline Central Market

For sponsorship information, please view our sponsorship packages and contact Dr. Reitha Weeks, Camp Program Coordinator, at

 Thank you to our past donors and sponsors: 

ZymoGenetics, A Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Seattle Genetics
Northshore School District
Juno Therapeutics

Aptevo Therapeutics * Pacific Northwest Research Institute
Alturas Analytics * Covance * NanoString Technologies * Seed Intellectual Property Law Group, LLP
SystImmune * Amgen Biotech Experience * Shoreline Central Market