Gel Electrophoresis

Bio Lab Basic Training

Coming Summer 2018!

 

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

This introductory workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is designed to be a quick and easy introduction to 21st-century lab skills including pipetting, culturing bacteria, and DNA gel electrophoresis. Teachers expand their knowledge of current biological research and explore new ways to teach general biology topics with hands-on, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.

Bio Lab Basic Training for Middle School

Coming Summer 2018!

Facilitator: Liz Martinez (Illinois Math & Science Academy)

This professional development workshop, led by an expert teacher and facilitated by Northwestern University, is for middle school science teachers looking for ways to incorporate 21st-century biology skills and practices into their science curriculum. Teachers try out lab activities designed to provide an exciting, level-appropriate introduction to the world of biotech that will pave the way for further exploration at the high school level.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the Baxter Box program.

The Invisible Made Visible

Coming Summer 2018!

Facilitator: Mary Clark (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Instructor)

In this intermediate-level workshop, teachers try out open-ended, inquiry-based, NGSS-aligned labs that explore DNA. Under the guidance of an expert teacher and scientists from Northwestern University, teachers learn DNA-based techniques including DNA gel electrophoresis and PCR (polymerase chain reaction). With a focus on understanding the science behind the techniques, teachers are trained to troubleshoot and modify labs on the fly, and to feel confident in their general lab skills.

Participants earn access to free lab materials and loaner equipment through the  Baxter Box program.

Restriction Enzyme Cleavage of DNA Kit

It's easy to teach students the basics of DNA gel electrophoresis and analysis with this classic AP(r) Biology lab. Using convenient pre-cut fragments, students electrophorese, stain, and visualize uncut lambda DNA (control) and DNA predigested with EcoRI and HindIII (standard molecular weight marker). They then determine the sizes of the DNA fragments. Materials are sufficient for 4 or 8 teams of students or 8 separate instructor demonstrations.