Biotech Academy

Biotech Academy is a week-long summer program that offers a deep dive into biotechnology skills and applications, student mentoring, and career exposure designed for 10th-12th grade students.

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About Biotech Academy

Welcome to Biotech Academy, a transformative weeklong summer program tailored for 10th-12th grade students ready to immerse themselves in the world of biotechnology. Throughout the week, participants will engage in a series of hands-on activities designed to equip them with essential skills for success in this rapidly advancing field.

From mastering the intricacies of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to unraveling the mysteries of gel electrophoresis, students will dive deep into the fundamental techniques of biotechnology. They’ll experience the thrill of DNA extraction firsthand, unlocking the genetic secrets hidden within biological samples. Additionally, through culturing bacteria, participants will gain insight into the vital role microorganisms play in biotechnological applications.

But Biotech Academy offers more than just laboratory experiments. Participants will also benefit from personalized mentoring provided by undergraduate students, gaining valuable insights and guidance from those already immersed in the field. Moreover, they’ll have the opportunity to explore potential career paths through exposure to professionals actively shaping the biotechnology landscape.

Join us for an unforgettable week of discovery, exploration, and innovation at Biotech Academy, where the future of biotechnology begins with you.


July 8-12
July 15-19
July 22-26
July 29-August 2


Hoover High School, 1000 Buccaneer Dr, Hoover, AL 35244


Students must be graduating seniors, or rising 10th-, 11th- or 12th-grade students.


The registration fee for Biotech Academy is $50. This helps cover the cost of activity materials & supplies, lunch, and a t-shirt.


Registration for Biotech Academy will close on May 10, 2024 or when it is filled, whichever occurs first. There will be a waitlist for each of the 4 weeks.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of Biotech Academy?

The registration fee is $50 per student.

I would love to attend but cannot afford the $50 fee. Are there scholarships available?

Please contact, subject line: "Biotech Academy Scholarship" for more information.

What are the hours of Biotech Academy?

The active hours of the camp are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00 a.m. each day and must be picked up by 3:00 p.m.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes. We will provide lunch each day of the camp.

Where will Biotech Academy be held?

Biotech Academy is held at Hoover High School – 1000 Buccaneer Dr, Hoover, AL 35244.

Do you provide transportation?

No, we do not provide transportation. We encourage you to carpool if you are able.

Can I attend with a friend or sibling?

Yes. Each participating student must complete the Eventbrite registration to secure a spot in Biotech Academy. Please be sure to register for the same week.

I am currently in 9th grade, can I apply?

Yes. We are accepting current 9th grade students who will be in 10th grade in the 2024-2025 school year.

I am a graduating senior, can I apply?

Yes. We are accepting students who are graduating from high school in May 2024.

I have no experience with biotechnology. Can I still apply?

Yes. You do not need any prior experience with the topics we will cover during the camp – you’ll learn all of these things during the camp!

How do I know if my registration went through?

If filled out correctly, you should receive a copy of your registration via email. This email will contain your "ticket" to attend Biotech Academy. If you did not receive a confirmation email or message, please email