• Summer Stem Program

GMGI’s summer course for middle and high school students -

SummerSTEM: Fish Fraud Forensics

Fish Fraud Forensics is our exciting one-week laboratory course that launched in July of 2018.

The SummerSTEM courses are designed for students ages 12-17 who want a hands-on research experience, working with modern equipment and using authentic scientific methods to solve problems.

Our current course, Fish Fraud Forensics, combines biotechnology and forensics, only this time the CSI team is investigating a real-world problem about fish: how to identify different species of fish by using biotechnology methods.

Students play the part of a scientific investigator by extracting DNA from samples of fresh fish and then use modern biotechnology methods to identify the species. Each student will be provided their own laboratory manual, where they will record their data and observations.

On Friday, the final day of the course, students analyze their findings and present their results to the class.The identity of the mystery fish will then be revealed!

The course is taught by the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy staff and volunteers. Each student will have ample guidance and support in this mock investigation of fish fraud.


Click HERE to download Summer 2020
Registration paperwork

Once completed, please email finalized
paperwork to Elizabeth Wing at elizabeth.wing@gmgi.org,
or mail to:

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy
Attn: Elizabeth Wing, Lead Teacher
55 Blackburn Center
Gloucester, MA 01930


- Anyone interested in real-world science and learning in a hands-on environment
- Middle and high school students ages 12 to 17:

• Level 1 (ages 12-14) is an immersive laboratory experience complete with games and art projects to supplement their learning.

• Level 2 (ages 15-17) a more in depth look at the techniques and theory behind the science of modern biotechnology.

There is no math or science experience needed to participate. Curriculum will be designed to meet all student needs.



High School Session 1
June 22 – June 26*

Middle School Session 1
July 13 – July 17*

*Additional weeks will be offered based on interest and availability


9am to 2pm Monday through Thursday

9am to 12pm Friday

Program takes place at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, located at 55 Blackburn Center, Gloucester.


Tuition for Fish Fraud Forensics: $400, for one student. $300 each if two siblings enroll.

Tuition covers all supplies, consumables, lab coats, and the lab manual which students keep.

We provide need-based financial aid to those who qualify. Please inquire for more information.

100% refund if canceled at least 7 days prior to the start of the session

75% refund if canceled less than 7 days prior to the start of the session


As our world and the problems we encounter become increasingly complex, there is a collective need for students to become proficient in applying the skills learned in science, technology, engineering, and math, more commonly known as the STEM disciplines. At Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, our innovative, hands-on curricula provide students with the resources and support to learn all four aspects of the STEM disciplines. Whether they are enrolled in professional training at the Academy or one of our Summer STEM programs, students are immersed in real-world laboratory workflows that are designed to foster critical thinking, problem solving, experimentation, data collection and analysis, effective communication, and a love of science.

All of our programs provide a foundation in the core scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics. Students learn how to conduct scientific experiments on DNA and proteins in a state-of-the-art laboratory facility equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation. The biochemical engineering and materials science involved in the design of the instrumentation and kits used in the laboratory are explained in detail to clarify their internal workings. Students also become familiar with the practical application of mathematics in a laboratory in order to make reliable solutions and buffers, generate standard curves, and analyze data sets. Our goal at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy is to refine our students’ proficiency and confidence in the laboratory and provide the skills needed to address 21st Century challenges.

Our mission is to conduct world-class marine biotechnology research which expands the regional economy.

Gloucester Marine
Genomics Institute

417 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Gloucester Biotechnology

55 Blackburn Center
Gloucester, MA 01930

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