STEM Activities

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The Case of the Bloody Bumper
There's been a crime involving a car hit and run with a jogger. Use gel electrophoresis to analyze dye from fiber evidence and perform an immunoassay in order to detect whether a blood protein sample (simulated) came from one of four animal sources.
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity
Lab Type: Electrophoresis, Immunoassay
Audience: 7th, 8th, High School
Programs & Topics: STEM
NCDPI Standards: 7.L.2, 8.L.2, Bio.3.3, Bio.4.1
Sizing Up Molecules (with Electrophoresis)
Gel electrophoresis has many applications in the life sciences.  We have several lab scenarios in which we can utilize our class sets of gel electrophoresis chambers: forensics, cloning, DNA fingerprinting, food dye, and more.  Talk to us and find out which story line works best with your…
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity, Professional Development
Lab Type: Electrophoresis
Audience: 8th, High School, College
Programs & Topics: STEM
NCDPI Standards: 7.L.2, 8.L.1, 8.L.2, Bio.3.1, Bio.3.3, Bio.3.4, Bio.4.1
NC Community College Course: BIO, BIO-111 General Biology I, BIO-175 General Microbiology, BIO-250 Genetics, BIO-275 Microbiology, BIO-280 Biotechnology, BTC, BTC-181 Basic Lab Techniques, BTC-250 Principles of Genetics
Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent
Analyze patient samples for evidence of a virus in this ELISA simulation based on the protocol used by CDC epidemiologists.
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity
Lab Type: ELISA
Audience: 8th, High School
Programs & Topics: STEM
NCDPI Standards: 8.L.1, 8.L.2, Bio.2.1, Bio.3.4, Bio.4.1
Genomics and CRISPR
Targeted genome editing using CRISPR has become one of the most intriguing molecular science developments in recent history. This lab will begin by introducing students to CRISPR/Cas9 and provide a thorough understanding of the gene-editing mechanisms through a paper activity. The second portion of…
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity
Audience: Student or Professional, College
Programs & Topics: STEM
NC Community College Course: BIO, BIO-111 General Biology I, BIO-175 General Microbiology, BIO-250 Genetics, BTC, BTC-250 Principles of Genetics
GMO Detective
Extract DNA from different types of corn chips to determine if they have a specific genetic modification. Perform PCR and gel electrophoresis to analyze results.  
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity
Lab Type: Electrophoresis, PCR
Audience: College
Programs & Topics: STEM
NC Community College Course: BIO, BIO-111 General Biology I, BIO-150 Genetics in Human Affairs, BIO-280 Biotechnology, BTC, BTC-250 Principles of Genetics
Cleanroom Gowning Concepts
Gowning is a common practice used to prevent contamination during manufacturing. In this activity students will have an opportunity to dress up in "bunny suits" just like those worn by industry professionals. Students will discuss the diversity of careers and economic importance of biotechnology in…
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity
Audience: Student or Professional, Middle School, High School, College, Public, Veteran
Programs & Topics: STEM
NCDPI Standards: 8.L.2, Bio.2.2
NC Community College Course: BIO, BIO-280 Biotechnology, BTC, BTC-181 Basic Lab Techniques
Antibodies
Explore the significance of antibody-antigen interaction and its role in immunoprecipitation testing. Several scenarios are available including those related to health, forensics, and the environment. Contact us to discuss which immunoassay scenario fits with your lesson.
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Lab Type: Immunoassay
Audience: Middle School, High School, College
Programs & Topics: STEM
NCDPI Standards: 8.L.1, 8.L.2, 8.P.1, Bio.1.1, Bio.4.1
Mastering the Micropipettor
Delve into the world of tiny volumes and gain hands-on experience using micropipettors. Learn how to pipette different microliter volumes with accuracy and precision.
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity
Audience: Student or Professional, Middle School, High School, College, Public, Veteran
Programs & Topics: Industry Skills, STEM
NCDPI Standards: 8.L.2, Bio.3.3, Chm.3.2
NC Community College Course: BIO, BIO-090 Foundations of Biology, BTC, BTC-181 Basic Lab Techniques
Synapse and Neuron
In this investigation, students rotate through various stations to understand how the brain communicates with our senses. Examples of station possibilities include building simulated neurons, experimenting with an EMG spiker box, and controlling a robotic claw. 
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity
Audience: Student or Professional, College
Programs & Topics: STEM
NC Community College Course: BIO, BIO-094 Concepts of Human Biology, BIO-106 Intro to Anat/Phys/Micro, BIO-110 Principles of Biology, BIO-111 General Biology I, BIO-161 Intro to Human Biology, BIO-163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Quantitative Spectrophotometry
Spectrophotometers measure the effect of a sample on a beam of light. This information can provide scientists with quantitative data regarding the amount of analyte present in a sample such as the amount of FD&C dyes found in popular foods and drinks. In this activity, students will create a…
Resource Type: STEM Activity
Activity Type: Lab Activity
Lab Type: Spectrophotometry
Audience: Student or Professional, High School
Programs & Topics: STEM
NCDPI Standards: Chm.3.2, Phy.2.2, PSc.3.2
NC Community College Course: CHM, CHM-090 Chemistry Concepts, CHM-115 Concepts in Chemistry, CHM-131 Introduction to Chemistry, CHM-151 General Chemistry I