MDLL High School Kits

The Maryland Loaner Lab (MDLL) high school kits are specifically designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We currently offer ten different kits for secondary students in grades 9-12. Several of our kits are also aligned with advanced placement (AP) biology, chemistry, and environmental science curricula.

 

MDLL Kit description teacher resources
Bacterial Transformation Students explore genetic engineering by transforming E. coli using a plasmid containing GFP.

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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.

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

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

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

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

Guided Manual

Structured Manual

 

Mystery Disease (Mystery of the Crooked Cell Guided Inquiry) Using protein gel electrophoresis, students determine whether a patient carries the gene that causes sickle cell anemia. Designed for honors and AP level biology classes; meets some AP biology standards.

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

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