Demystifying the NGSS High School Life Science Core Ideas

For those of you who have not read our previous post on the Next Generation Science Standards, please read it here. The Next Generation Science Standards are a set of education standards that focus on preparing students for careers in…

NGSS Edvotek Kits: Turning Students into Scientists!

Innovations in science and technology have it made our lives healthier, easier and safer. Yet, sometimes it seems like our students aren’t interested in learning about science.  We believe that scientific literacy is not only is crucial to understanding living and…

The importance of keeping a laboratory notebook

In the research laboratories, a scientist’s notebook represents a comprehensive record of the experiments that were performed, why an experiment was performed, and what the results mean.  First, the lab notebook is used to design their experiments.  As the experiment…

Biotech Basics: Restriction Enzymes

What are restriction enzymes? Restriction endonucleases (also known as restriction enzymes) act like molecular scissors, cutting double-stranded DNA at specific sequences.  They are produced by many species of bacteria to protect themselves from invading viral DNA.  The utility of restriction…