Maryland Loaner Lab

The Maryland Loaner Lab (MDLL) is a free resource for Maryland middle and high school science teachers that brings a variety of investigations to the classroom. Each MDLL kit contains all the necessary reagents, equipment and curriculum needed for students to engage in inquiry-based activities that are aligned with the Maryland State Curriculum.  

MDLL

What Is in an MDLL Kit?

  • Teacher’s manual that includes set-up instructions, curriculum and student worksheets
  • Equipment and reagents for 10 workstations (32 students)
  • Reagents for additional class sets available upon request

Program Details and Eligibility

Maryland teachers become qualified to borrow kits by completing the MDLL Training Workshop offered free of charge through the Center for STEM Excellence.

  • Kits are free and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and may be requested up to 10 months in advance
  • Kits are loaned for 14 days
  • Teachers can borrow one kit at a time
  • Kits available to individual teachers for use in their own classroom - kits cannot be shared with other teachers
  • Kits are shipped to and from the schools via FedEx at no cost 
  • Kit requests must be received at least three weeks prior to borrow date
  • Reserve a kit using the on-line MDLL Kit Request Form

 

Maryland Loaner Lab Kits

Middle School
MDLL KIT DESCRIPTION MATERIALS FOR DOWNLOAD
Berries... with a side of DNA? (DNA Extraction) Students explore the role and function of DNA in living organisms by extracting DNA from a fruit.  

Teacher's Manual

PowerPoint

It's a Gassy World Students design and conduct an investigation to measure the ocean's ability to absorb carbon dioxide at different temperatures.

Teacher's Manual

PowerPoint

Looking Backwards, Looking Foward Students act as paleoclimatologists as they gather and interpret data to infer Maryland's climate over the past 12,500 years.

Teacher's Manual

PowerPoint

Mystery of the Crooked Cell -Structured  Using gel electrophoresis, students determine whether a patient carries the gene that causes sickle cell anemia.

Teacher's Manual - Structured Inquiry

Mystery Tubes This Black Box activity allows students to explore the nature of science as they work to figure out how the Mystery Tubes are constructed. 

Teacher's Manual

High School
MDLL KIT   DESCRIPTION MATERIALS FOR DOWNLOAD
Bacterial Transformation Students explore genetic engineering by transforming E. coli using a plasmid containing GFP.

Teacher's Manual

PowerPoint

Berries...with a side of DNA? (DNA Extraction) Students explore the role and function of DNA in living organisms by extracting DNA from a fruit.

Teacher's Manual

PowerPoint 

Case of the Crown Jewels Students use restriction enzyme analysis in this DNA fingerprinting lab to solve a fabricated crime.

Teacher's Manual

Chestnut Tree Students explore biocontrols and genetic tags using restriction enzyme analysis. Additionally, students discover ecological concerns regarding introduced species and loss of species.

Teacher's Manual

PowerPoint

Crucial Concentration Students use Lowry's Assay to determine which protein drink contains the highest concentration of protein.

Teacher's Manual

Looking into Lactase This enzyme lab is available in Guided Inquiry and Structured Inquiry formats. Students develop their own investigations to evaluate the effectiveness and limits of the enzyme lactase.

Teacher's Manual - Guided Inquiry

Teacher's Manual - Structured Inquiry 

Mystery of the Crooked Cell – Structured  Using protein gel electrophoresis, students determine whether a patient carries the gene that causes sickle cell anemia.

Teacher's Manual - Structured

PowerPoint

Mystery of the Crooked Cell – Guided Inquiry  Mystery Disease is the Guided Inquiry version of Mystery of a Crooked Cell. Mystery Disease is designed for Honors and AP level biology classes and meets some AP Bio standards.

Teacher's Manual

PowerPoint

Mystery Tubes This Black Box activity allows students to explore the nature of science as they work to figure out how the Mystery Tubes are constructed.

Teacher's Manual

Wildlife Forensics Students explore a marine conservation issue, conservation management, and PCR then use gel electrophoresis to gather evidence in a real-life CSI case.

Teacher's Manual