The Maryland Loaner Lab (MDLL) is a resource for Maryland middle and high school science teachers that brings a variety of investigations to the classroom. These activities are aligned with the Maryland State Department of Education's Core Learning Goals and provide teachers with the information and resources necessary for teaching core concepts and conducting hands-on experiments in biotechnology. MDLL allows qualified Maryland science teachers to borrow cutting-edge bioscience equipment FREE of charge. Teachers may also borrow specific equipment or reagents needed for their classroom separate from a kit.
The MDLL offers eight different laboratory activities. Each activity, called a kit, contains teacher manuals, student protocols, equipment, supplies and reagents necessary for labs. Kits are designed for 10 work stations of 1-4 students each in the classroom. For information about which of the activities listed below are most appropriate for your class, please call 410-385-6361.
Mystery Tubes* - a Black Box activity that allows students to explore the nature of science as they work to figure out how the Mystery Tubes are constructed
* These lab activities are available to middle and high school students. All other labs are for high school students only.
You may also borrow equipment and supplies without requesting a specific lab kit. For more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Shipping of Kits
Kits are shipped to and from schools via FedEx at no charge to the schools.
Kits are loaned out for a 14-day period, only one kit at a time. A minimum of three weeks notice is required for processing kit requests, and we encourage you to order your kit(s) even earlier.
Teachers must have attended a lab skills training program through either MdBioLab or The TU Center for STEM Excellence to be eligible to borrow from the MDLL program. The MDLL is currently available to all middle and high schools in Maryland.