STEAM ENGINE (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics: Engaging Imagination and Nurturing Excitement) is a collaboration between Buck Institute researchers and local science teachers. It supports science teachers who are implementing the Next Generation Science Standards through innovative classroom activities by sponsoring workshops and awarding grants to support innovative teaching. 

STEAM ENGINE is a two year program. In our first two years, the program served four middle schools in Marin County and one high school in Sonoma County. With 15 participating teachers, more than 1300 students were impacted b

Saturday Seminars: 

Stem Cell Celebration- October 15, 2016

Our first seminar was October 15 and celebrated Stem Cell Awareness Month. Materials for the workshop can be accessed by clicking here.


Behind the Scenes at the Buck January 28th, 2017 9 am - 11:30 am

Do you need some inspiration for design challenges for your students?  Teachers are invited to explore the inner workings of the Buck Institute. Find out what it takes to design, build and run a biomedical research institute. Participants will learn about the architectural design and mechanical systems that distinguish a biomedical research institute from a regular office building.  Participants will also learn about the important role that non-scientific personal play in keeping a biomedical institute running.

To sign up for “Behind the Scenes at the Buck”  click here.


Getting Graphic With Science April 1, 2017 9 am – 3:30 pm

A FREE Workshop on Teaching Science with Cartoons and Animation for K-8 teachers

Join Eisner award winning graphic novelist, Brian Fies, scientists from the Buck Institute and artists from the Charles Schulz Museum to learn techniques to incorporate techniques from cartooning and animation into your science lessons. This workshop is aimed at K-8 teachers. Brian Fries, an award winning cartoonist, will speak about his work using graphic novels to communicate science. In addition, participants will learn to create their own cartoons and animations using classroom appropriate tools. Participants will also be able to apply for grants to support implementation of a project in the 2017-2018 school year.

The flyer for this event can be downloaded here.

Download a copy of the draft schedule here.

To sign up for “Getting Graphic With Science”  click here.


Make Your Molecules Dance June 17-18 9 am – 3:30 pm (2 days)

Join scientists from the Buck Institute to explore the Protein Data Bank. Participants will learn how to use free software that runs on most computers to design classroom activities that will allow middle school and high school students to explore the thousands of know protein structures.  Participants will also learn simple techniques for demonstrating protein folding,  the effects of mutations on proteins and making movies featuring proteins. The science underlying the popular citizen science projects “Fold It” and “ Folding at Home” will be discussed.

To sign up for “Make Your Molecules Dance”  click here.

For more information on the STEAM ENGINE workshops or to be added to our mailing list, email

To sign up for STEAM ENGINE workshops  via email or mail, return this form to or STEAM ENGINE, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, 8001 Redwood Blvd, Novato, Ca 94949.

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