The Community Lab

Discovering breakthrough biotechnology and exploring cutting-edge science and medicine is our mission at Biogen Idec. As part of our commitment to science education, we open our doors to local students so they can make a breakthrough of their own: Science is exciting!

Our Community Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, facilitates the engagement of students in middle school and high school to introduce scientific methods and experience hands-on, real-world science at our research facility.

The Cambridge Community Lab, which is considered the gold standard in the industry, features a 1,100-square-foot dedicated laboratory classroom where students engage in activities developed in close collaboration with the Cambridge and Somerville public school systems. The Lab offers students these eye-opening opportunities through two primary programs: Class Visits and Advanced Summer Sessions.

In 2012, the Community Lab celebrated 10 years of providing hands-on learning opportunities, hosting 126 class visits and nearly 2,500 students, helped by 123 Biogen Idec volunteers.

In August 2012, 16 new Teach For America (TFA) teachers visited the Community Lab where they interacted with high school students in the Advanced Summer Session. The teachers were able to get valuable feedback on their lesson plans and see what highly motivated students are capable of doing. Read more about our collaboration with TFA here.

"Adventures in Biotechnology" 2014 Summer sessions

Students must have completed 9th grade by the summer to be eligible to participate in the program.

We will be offering three one-week sessions: July 7-11, July 14-18 and August 18-22.

Registration will open for Cambridge & Somerville students, and children of Biogen Idec employees from March 18-24.

Registration will open for all other students on March 25th. 

Please check back to this site on those dates to register.

Students who have participated in previous years are eligible to apply for our two-week "Advanced Adventures in Biotechnology" session. The session will run weekdays from July 28th to August 8th. Applications will be accepted from March 18 – 24 and students will be notified of acceptance by March 28th.