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EXPLO Pre-College  |  Wellesley College Biomedical Engineering

Design, prototype, and implement an operational biomedical innovation in a laboratory setting while exploring modern research, challenges and opportunities.

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About this Concentration

Campus: Wellesley College Rising Grades: 10-12

Rigorous application of design and analysis principles to biological systems has yielded medical breakthroughs with such significance that they call into question some of our fundamental assumptions about life as we know it. From human lifespan to gene editing to growing synthetic organs, technological advances have opened the door to a reimagining of what may be possible in our living world. Our only limitation now is our capacity to innovate, test, and scale the best ideas.

In Biomedical Engineering, innovation starts with a tour of current biomedical research and fundamentals. By investigating current medical limitations and known challenges, and dealing with the biological realities that underlie them, design and test biomedical prototypes for laboratory application in real, human-like specimens such as cats and pigs. Forecast your idea’s potential contribution to the current practice of medicine and get feedback on implementation from leading biomedical engineers. Think like a biomedical innovator and decide among various options for sharing your technology such as: launching a biomedical start-up, pioneering a new drug, or conducting clinic research. 

Note: there is an additional $200 fee associated with this concentration.

Tuition + Admission

College credit is available through Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more.


  • Decellularize Tissue — Perform a lab-based decellularization technique, an essential process for harvesting an appropriate substrate for growing human cardiac tissue.
  • Prototyping — Design and build prototypes of an original medical device using cutting-edge materials and techniques.
  • Case Studies + Medical Ethics — Confront contentious issues from the field of bioengineering through real world case studies in stem cell research, gene editing, and synthetic biology.
  • Northeastern University Bioengineering Research Lab — Visit a Northeastern University research lab and conduct a strength test of a broken bone, apply a 3D printed orthopedic implant, and retest the strength of the surgically repaired bone — all with the support of a full research lab.
  • Research Feedback from Dr. Glenn Gaudette — Get feedback on your medical innovation from a panel of bioengineering experts, led by Dr. Glenn Gaudette, a pioneering researcher and inaugural Head of Boston College’s ground-breaking new School of Engineering.

Concentration Details


  • Session 2: July 16 - August 4

Tuition: $7,350

Required Materials:

  • EXPLO Pre-College students are required to bring a laptop, computer, tablet, or Chromebook to the program. All devices must be able to access the Internet and utilize basic word processing and presentation-type programs (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) Rentals are available after enrollment in the program. Please contact our Admissions Team at 781.762.7400 for more information on rentals.
I think one of the best things about these classes is that there is no stress at all. There are no letter grades telling you that you learned the material or you didn’t – it is really what you want to take from it.

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