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  • Hydroponics Using a nutrient-rich water solution and a unique, time-tested approach, you can successfully grow plants with no soil. In a hydroponic system, water does the work. Find out more about this fascinating method and the advantages that make it both appealing and effective. View »
  • Introduction to Biotechnology: An Essential Curriculum, Page 3 Page 3 This essential curriculum for introductory biotechnology covers DNA structure and function, basic lab techniques, transformation, electrophoresis, restriction analysis, PCR and sequencing, bioinformatics, and bioethics. View »
  • How to Make Microscope Slides for Science Fair Projects Here's a beginner’s guide to making wet- or dry-mount slides for science fair projects, plus some excellent suggestions for specimens to observe. View »
  • The Connection Between Taste, Smell, and Flavor This activity demonstrates that the sense of smell is crucial to determining the flavor of food. View »
  • What Genomics Says about Being Human Part I Drastic reductions in the cost of determining the nucleotide sequences of chromosomes have led to an explosion in the field of genomics, enabling scientists to add remarkable depth to our understanding of what it means to be human. View »
  • Introduction to Phenotypes with Wisconsin Fast Plants® In this lab, students germinate seeds of Wisconsin Fast Plants and examine the plants that grow from them for differences in appearance. This introductory-level activity can be used as a pre-lab to a unit on Mendelian genetics, and assumes that students are familiar with the terms genotype, phenotype, and allele. View »
  • Investigating Enzyme Reaction Rates Using Toothpickase The Master Forensics Kit can provide students with the knowledge and techniques needed to conduct a very thorough investigation, and the opportunity to become an integral part of a full-scale, simulated murder investigation. View »
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well Aligned with NGSS Wisconsin Fast Plants® in Elementary Classrooms: Well-Aligned with NGSS Teachers have relied on Wisconsin Fast Plants® for over 25 years. A new way of planting them and Fast Plants’ enduring classroom benefits make them ideal for addressing current standards. Dr Hedi Baxter Lauffer, director of the Fast Plants® program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gives you the details. View »
  • Teach Mendelian Genetics with C-FERN It’s hard for students to understand the concept of alternation of generations. But C-FERN makes it possible for students to quickly learn this, and numerous other cumbersome concepts. View »
  • Natural Selection in 50 Minutes Help your students understand why common misconceptions about natural selection aren't true using some craft store beads, our instructions, and 50 minutes. View »
  • Pill Bug Behavior Choices This introductory investigation into animal behavior uses pill bugs and choice chambers. Students begin with an experiment to test how pill bugs respond to humidity and can go on to design an inquiry to test another environmental factor. View »
  • Science Notebook: An Owl Pellet Inquiry This introductory owl pellet dissection is a springboard for teaching the techniques of using a science notebook while having students engage in the scientific practices. View »