NGSS-Aligned Color Dyes and Gel Electrophoresis MiniLab

Comprehensive, inquiry-based MiniLabs follow the 5E lesson model


  • Engage: students consider different methods for separating various mixtures & solutions
  • Explore: students use gel electrophoresis to separate solutions containing different dyes and work to figure out how & why the dyes separate as they do
  • Explain: students make claims supported by evidence
  • Elaborate: Students extend their understanding of gel electrophoresis to include common use in biotechnology
  • Evaluate: Students complete a summative assessment – then followed by intervention

Difficulty Level: 

SKU: M3008
Lab techniques covered:
Gel Electrophoresis
Major HKDSE-related chapters: DNA fingerprinting

Teacher and Student Guide downloads: Please contact us for teacher’s guide, student guide, and other resources.

Materials included:

  • 5E approach lesson plans
  • Paper chromatography activity
  • Six color dye samples
  • Agarose Gel Cups
  • Running buffer
  • Plastic accessories