Our hands-on MiniLabs are a fun and engaging series of gel electrophoresis labs that take students from mastery of basic biotech skills through popular applications of electrophoresis in forensics, DNA fingerprinting, and human genetics, and finally to a challenging, real-world investigation of a foodborne outbreak. The entire series can be completed in a week or used throughout your curriculum to add an inquiry-based and visually engaging connection to modern biotechnology.
Candy Color Electrophoresis MiniLab
Introduce students in grades 4 – 10 to concepts like gel electrophoresis, electricity, and macromolecules.
PCR Cycle Number Analysis MiniLab
Model exponential growth using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and visualize with electrophoresis.
Electrophoresis 101 MiniLab
Teach the fundamentals of DNA separation with this practical and accessible MiniLab.
DNA Fingerprinting MiniLab
Which whale is Luna’s father? DNA fingerprinting tells the tale.
Colorful Dye Electrophoresis MiniLab
Introduce students to the basics of electricity and macromolecules with this fun, colorful electrophoresis lab.
NGSS-Aligned Color Dyes and Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab
Introduce middle-school students to separation science with this comprehensive, 5E inquiry, NGSS-aligned Color Dye and Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab.
CSI Forensics MiniLab
Develop an understanding of forensic science and gel electrophoresis while investigating the mystery of who killed Dr. Ward.
Gel Loading Practice Kit
Master loading, handling, and dispensing liquids with micropipettes – essential skills in any biotech lab.
Foodborne Outbreak Investigation MiniLab
An inquiry-based lab incorporating hypothesis testing, experimental design, and data analysis. This AP Biology level lab is designed to be equivalent to a college level lab.