MDLL Middle School Kits

The Maryland Loaner Lab (MDLL) middle school kits are specifically designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We currently offer six different kits for middle school students in grades 6–8.  

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

Manual (PDF)

PowerPoint

Student Handout (Google Doc)

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

Manual (PDF)

PowerPoint

Student Handout (Google Doc)

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

Manual (PDF)

PowerPoint

Student Handout (Google Doc)

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

Manual (PDF)

PowerPoint

Student Handout (Google Doc)

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 (PDF)

Student Handout (Google Doc)

Ocean Acidification Students answer the driving question "How might increasing levels of CO2 affect oysters in Maryland?" by planning and carrying out an investigation and using models.  

Manual (PDF)

Powerpoint

Student Handout (Google Doc)