Getting Started with Arduino
An introduction to using the Arduino with ManyLabs lessons, including how to install the WireGarden plugin.
Biology Lessons / Activities
Interactive simulations allow students to adjust environmental factors that lead to natural selection and observe their effects on populations. Quiz questions test understanding along the way.
Specialization and Speciation
Interactive simulations demonstrate how natural selection leads to specialization and new species. The lesson covers three modes of speciation. Quiz questions check understanding along the way.
Students use interactive Punnett squares to explore inheritance patterns for dominant, codominant, and sex-linked traits, as well as independent assortment. The differences between genotypes and phenotypes are demonstrated in each case. Each section includes questions to check their understanding.
Gene Transcription Introduction
This lesson is an introduction to cellular signaling and gene transcription. The student learns that proteins are used as both input signals and output signals. The student constructs a simple signal processing network, linking the inputs to outputs, just as genes do within a cell.
Replication Transcription and Translation
Students match names to descriptions of the key components of replication, transcription, and translation in tile matching games.
In this lesson, students will explore an example of bioluminescence and see how temperature affects the reaction.
Requirements: Carolina ATP Firefly Kit, Test Tube Color Sensor
Test Tube Color Sensor Lab
This lessons introduces, and displays values from, a test tube color sensor.
Requirements: test tube color sensor
This lesson guides students through the classic introduction to pH by asking them to hypothesize about, and then measure, the pH of common solutions.
Made for use with the Carolina Enzyme Catalysis lab kit, in this lesson students can watch an example titration, enter data for each lab activity, verify calculations, plot reaction rates, and answer review questions about their lab results.
Requirements: Carolina Enzyme Catalysis Kit 74-6431 (1 station), 74-6430 (8 stations), OR 74-6432 (8 stations with burets); potato; boiling water bath; test tube rack; test tube holder; ice bucket; ice
Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions
This lesson explores two chemical reactions, one endothermic and one exothermic, using a Grove temperature sensor and easily available materials.
Requirements: Grove Temperature Sensor, Ice, Water, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Steel Wool, Vinegar, Beakers
Chromatography and Polarity
Learn about chromatography by working with example chromatograms. Marker pigment chromatograms introduce the concept of polarity while kale pigments provide a real world example of natural mixtures. Use the known polarities of solvents to determine which pigments are polar and non-polar, then view their chemical structure to find out why. Finally, calculate Rf values for each kale pigment.
The Central Dogma
Students learn about the central dogma of molecular biology: DNA makes RNA makes protein. They transcribe DNA into a messenger RNA strand, then translate the mRNA using the protein code to reveal a hidden message.
Parts of the Cell
Students match the parts of cells to their structures and functions. A glossary of cell parts is provided for review and reference. Students then identify whether a cell part can be found in eukaryotes or prokaryotes by playing the cell invader game.
Bacterium Bob collects glucose and converts the glucose to ATP so he can avoid the bad guys and collect the prizes.
This project describes a sensor-based aquaponics system. The sensors measures water levels, water quality, temperature, humidity, and light. The system can sound an alarm when these variables go outside pre-specified ranges. It can also control pumps, lights, and other equipment.
Fish Tank Monitor
This page describes how to set up a fish tank monitoring system. It measure water temperature, pH, air temperature/humidity, and light levels. It transmits the data via WiFi into a manylabs data set.
Freezer / Incubator
This page describes how to build a freezer/incubator using a thermoelectric device.
This project describes the construction of a gel box for gel electrophoresis. This can be used, for example, to separate DNA and RNA fragments by length.
Linear and Rotational Actuators
This project describes linear and rotational actuators that can be used to move cameras and other hardware.
This page describes how to setup a pH sensor.
This project covers the construction of a microcontroller monitored plant growing box. The microcontroller monitors the temperature, humidity, soil moisture, and light inside the plant box.
This project describes a computer-controlled robot that can take measurements or perform science experiments. The default configuration is an autosampler, with a sensor attached to an X-Y-Z positioning mechanism. You can also attach a pipette or USB microscope to the device.
This spectrophotometer project uses a diffraction grating to split white light into separate wavelengths. A mechanically actuated slit selects a single wavelength to pass through a sample and into a high-accuracy digital light sensor.
Test Tube Color Sensor
This page describes how to setup a test tube color sensor.
This prototype thermocycler controls the temperature of a set of tubes, rapidly heating and cooling through a specified sequence of temperatures.
Biology Kits and Parts
pH Probe and Controller Board
Test Tube Color Sensor Kit
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