Five great resources for Back to School

Depending on where you are in the United States (or in the world!) you may be headed back to school next week, or you have been back to school for weeks already! Regardless, it’s a time with a lot of preparation for teachers, both in terms of getting resources together and also refreshing oneself on the content, labs, and preparation! Here are some great resources to help get you started.

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  1. Resources to teach your students about chemical safety using Safety Data Sheets: We always want to make sure our students learn how to assess risk in the laboratory. This activity gets students to examine resources that come with our experiments — the Safety Data Sheets — in order to learn more about chemical safety. (We also have a blog on a “A Crash Course in Lab Safety” which can be added to the lesson.
  2. Fun facts about electrophoresis: This is a very common technique in today’s classroom laboratory, but how often do we think about the origins of electrophoresis? This blog post (and accompanying video) is a great way to learn more about the research and development that went into the development of this technique.
  3. EdvoTech Tip: Using Buffer in Electrophoresis Experiments: What happens if you forget to add buffer to your electrophoresis gels? This video tries it out to answer one of our most common questions.
  4. Resources for teaching the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR): Students love to perform experiments using the Polymerase Chain Reaction, or PCR. There is a lot of preparation that goes into teaching PCR the first time each year (or semester). This post highlights the Edvotek resource that can help make your preparation and your teaching a breeze!
  5. Frequently Asked Questions: Transformations: There’s nothing better than the wonder in your students’ eyes when they see bacteria glow bright green. This blog post features the questions that our technical support scientists hear the most. Check it our and then prepare for experimental success!
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