CASE Outreach Biotechnology Loaner Lab Program

The Carnegie Academy of Science Education (CASE) is now providing loaner kits for biotechnology.

With funding from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Shippy Foundation, CASE is now providing complete lab loaner trunks to Washington DC Public Schools and Public Charter Schools. Secondary level teachers, primarily middle school life science and high school biology, chemistry, environmental science and Advanced Placement teachers can use these kits free of charge with their students.

Teachers attend a 3-hour certification session where they use the kits, gain tips for troubleshooting and develop connections with their course content.

Four kits are currently available:

  1. Bacterial Transformation for Antibiotic Resistance
  2. Bacterial Transformation for Regulated Gene Expression
  3. Restriction Enzyme Digestion of DNA and Gel Electrophoresis
  4. Experiment with Enzymes

Each of these qualifies for the long-recommended labs for AP Biology.

Each is contextualized during the certification sessions with the teachers to link to their current content and to engage their students.

Kits 1-3 were developed and offered by Ms. Marlena L. Jones, M.S. (Coordinator of CASE Programs since 2007) during her many years directing the Discovery Center for Cell and Molecular Biology at Catholic University of America. Kit 4 is based on "Experiment with Enzymes" by Toby Horn and Leslie Ann Pierce, developed for the Virginia Department of Education and published in 2000, to implement the Virginia Standard of Learning for Science Inquiry.

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