After teachers have participated in ABE Shoreline professional development workshops to receive training in the use of the ABE curriculum and associated lab activities, they may check out science "kits" that include the equipment, supplies and reagents needed to implement the curriculum in their class(es). For example, after participating in the first workshop in the "Easy as ABC: Applications of Biotechnology in the Classroom" series, "Part A: An Understanding of DNA," teachers may check out kits for ABE Lab 1.1: How to Use a Micropipette, Lab 1.2: Gel Electrophoresis, cheek cell DNA extraction, and the suncatchers micropipetting activity.
Kits include everything necessary for all of the classes in which teachers intend to incorporate the ABE lessons, all at no cost to them.
If available, teachers may also check out equipment to conduct other lab activities associated with purchased kits or labs that other outreach groups might offer. In particular, we are working with Digital World Biology and Coastal Marine Biolabs to help provide the equipment needed for DNA barcoding, such as thermocyclers for PCR and agarose gel electrophoresis equipment.
How to Request a Kit
Kits are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and are available for pick-up Monday-Friday.
Due to the limited number of thermocyclers available at our site, teachers who wish to implement Labs 1-6 [or some combination thereof] and a PCR activity must schedule two separate kit requests and kit pick-ups: one for Labs 1-6 and one for the PCR kit. Thermocyclers must be returned within three weeks of check-out. Exceptions can be made for teachers traveling from outside the Puget Sound Region.
1. Download and complete the Teacher Information and Kit Check Out Form. We will use the information that you provide to calculate the supplies and reagents you will need based on the number of lab groups and number of classes that you have.
2. Save the form with a file name that includes your name, such as "Jane-Smith-Kit-Form."
3. Email your form to Jan Chalupny, firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of your email, include your desired dates for kit check-out. Kits must be requested at least two weeks prior to your desired pick-up date. Kits are usually available to teachers for three weeks at a time if teachers are implementing the entire ABE curriculum. We will then schedule your kit pick-up and return dates based on equipment availability.