Fieldtrips for Students

The MIT CEHS COE2C has a long-standing history of offering hands-on educational K-12 programs on campus. The programs are offered in collaboration with the MIT Edgerton Center and the MIT Museum. 

The MIT Edgerton Center, offers several three hour environmental health lessons in a classroom setting for grades 4-8. The teacher at the Edgerton Center sees about 3,000 students per year.

To schedule EDGERTON CENTER student activities, please go to the Edgerton Center Activities page and learn more about “Grungy Groundwater”, “Shape of Life: from Helix to Chromosome" and “Living LEGO”. For additional information, please email Amy Fitzgerald, (Downloadable brochure available here.)

Students collect water samples to figure out what has happened to the town’s water supply in the groundwater lesson. The Edgerton Center teachers are Amy Fitzgerald and Jessica Garret.

Amy Fitzgerald   

Jessica Garrett 

The MIT Museum offers an exciting location for the COE2C hands-on 2-3 hour molecular modeling lesson. Dr. Amanda Mayer, the COE2C staff, teaches the lessons and provides environmental health information relating to the Massachusetts State Science Standards for DNA, proteins and protein synthesis. This lesson is appropriate for students in grades 6-12. There is a fee for the workshop but the museum’s galleries are free of charge after the lesson. The COE2C typically serves about 500 students per year with DNA & Environmental Health Workshops at the MIT Museum.

To schedule a MIT MUSEUM student workshop, please go to the MIT Museum Workshop page, and learn more about "DNA and Proteins" and "Protein Synthesis". For additional information, please email Amanda Mayer, (Downloadable brochure available here.)

Amanda Mayer

To learn about fieldtrips sponsored by approximately 30 other MIT volunteer groups, please visit the MIT Public Service Center.

To learn about MIT courses that you can take online for free go to OpenCourseWare.

CEHS Bioanalytical Chemistry Labs Fieldtrips. This fieldtrip is designed for students who are taking an upper level high school chemistry course. CEHS bioanalytical lab scientists work with the high school chemistry teachers to design the fieldtrip’s laboratory experiences. The goal of this program is to help students become familiar with different kinds of analytical tools such as mass spectroscopy, by giving them some experience in data analysis and problem-solving techniques. For additional information, please email Amanda Mayer,








The COE2C typically offers Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab fieldtrips to 40 students annually. The small group break-out sessions are hosted in part by MIT graduate students and Postdocs who volunteer to lead these classes and help to be role models for the students.