Project Biotech returning Summer 2022

The Project Biotech summer camp season will be back in 2022! Check back soon for more information. If you are not currently on our mailing list and would like to be notified when registration opens, please email Dr. Dina Kovarik at

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 more, check out this video and see below.

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What students are saying about PROJECT BIOTECH

My entire perspective of science was altered; I found myself able to actually imagine working in a lab, or in a STEM-related field.

2018 "Biotechnology & Cancer" Camper 

This camp helped open my mind to the different jobs that involve biotech. Everything was super fun, from the labs to the tours of biotech companies. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in biology & biotech.

2018 "Biotechnology & Cancer" Camper 

I am amazed at the amount of knowledge that these campers have obtained over the course of just one week! My camper absolutely loved the program this week and every night shared with us all of the details of the day, highlighting what was learned.

Parent of 2018 "Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond" 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! 


2022 Summer Camps

PROJECT BIOTECH camps will be back for Summer 2022! Those on our mailing list will be notified by email when registration for 2022 is available. If you are not currently on our mailing list and would like to be, please email Dr. Dina Kovarik,  Biotechnology Lab Specialist Program, at

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 15th if there are camp openings available.

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 ( or Dr. Reitha Weeks (, PROJECT BIOTECH Camp Coordinator, for more information.


Week 1: July 2022 (Dates TBD) - Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond

Biotechnology is a diverse field that includes tools and techniques that are used in all fields of biology. This camp includes micropipetting; DNA purification, PCR and sequence analysis used to identify species (also called "DNA Barcoding"); 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.  This camp also provides all of the training needed for subsequent camps.

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 species identification and genetic testing

Week 2: July 2022 and Week 3: August 2022 - Dates and Camp Topics TBD, but may include one or both of the following:

1. Biotechnology & Orca Conservation:

Orcas (also known as Killer Whales or Orcinus orca) are an iconic species central to the ecosystem and culture of the Pacific Northwest. In recent years, our Southern Resident Orcas have faced great challenges to their long-term survival, including food insecurity and stress from boat and ship traffic in the Puget Sound. In order to help them survive, we must understand the greatest threats to their health. Analyzing scat provides an opportunity to evaluate Orca health in a non-invasive way without adding to their stress. In addition to learning many techniques associated with scat studies and how to evaluate the health of the Puget Sound food web, campers will also be able to meet with the scientists at the University of Washington engaged in this cutting-edge and vital research. This camp will also include tours of other research labs at the University of Washington 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 analyze Orca health: Polymerase Chain Reaction, SDS-PAGE, Western blots & ELISAs
  • Research lab tours at the University of Washington
  • Career panel and discussions with scientists
  • Biotechnology & career exploration

2. Biotechnology & Cancer: Causes, Cures and Careers:

Campers will learn about cancer biology using a case studies of breast cancer patients to explore how Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISAs), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), genetic testing (bioinformatics), and Fluorescent Cell Staining are used to diagnose cancer, determine the cause of a particular cancer, and develop targeted therapies to treat cancer. Campers will also learn about the cell cycle, tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes, how mutations in genes involved in DNA repair or cell division can cause cancer, and how antibodies are used as both diagnostic and therapeutic tools. 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:Genetic mutations which can result in cancer

  • Bioinformatics relevant to cancer diagnosis and
  • Lab assays for DNA and protein analysis
  • Tour of biotech companies
  • Career panel and discussions with scientists

2019 Summer Camps Highlights

Our 2019 PROJECT BIOTECH summer camp season ended in August, 2019.  We held three camps:

  • Week 1: Biotechnology Essentials & Beyond
  • Week 2: Biotechnology & Infectious Disease: Tracking Pandemic Flu
  • Week 3: Biotechnology & Cancer: Causes, Cures and Careers

For highlights of our the 2019 camps, please click the video links below. 



Thank you to our 2020-2022 camp sponsors!

AGC Biologics Logo

partner theraputics logo

cytek logo 

 Northshore School District LogoEverett School District Logo 

        Edmonds School District Logo

Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP * bluebird bio * Altasciences

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: 

The Norcliffe Foundation
ZymoGenetics, A Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Seattle Genetics * Novo Nordisk * CellGene
Juno Therapeutics
AGC Biologics

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