DNA Playground™: Your all-in-one miniature lab

About the DNA Playground™

Start the journey into DNA programming and biotechnology with the intuitive laboratory equipment that helps you genetically engineer and grow bacteria like a professional.

The DNA playground enables you to insert DNA programs into bacteria efficiently and without a mess.

For teachers, students, STEM enthusiasts, makers, DIY-ers, and responsible biohackers. Use the DNA Playground™ during the Amino Labs Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero journey! The DNA Playground can be used at home or by educators in schools as a personal and engaging alternative to traditionally large, expensive, and complex lab equipment. DNA Playgrounds™ reduces genetic engineering set-up and clean-up time from an hour+ to a few minutes. Get rid of messy ice and water! 

DNA Playground is a new kind of lab equipment that is specially designed for those just learning about biotechnology, molecular biology, and genetic engineering (a.k.a synthetic biology). The DNA Playground enables fun and engaging genetic engineering experiments and includes a “cold station”, which, eliminates the need to source ice and ice buckets; a hot station, which, removes the need for a hot water bath and a thermometer; and a petri dish incubator that can hold up to eight Petri dishes (6 cm) for incubating your cells.

The 3-in-1 nature of the DNA Playground highly simplifies getting the equipment for doing these fun and engaging exercises. It also reduces the cost compared to buying traditional lab equipment and lowers the set-up and clean-up time. Moreover, these units take only seconds to turn off, unplug, and store away in a cupboard for next time - this means you do not need a dedicated lab set up.


The DNA Playground™ is a playful collection of all the equipment you need to engineer and grow cells in Petri dishes.

This means you can easily perform bacteria transformation and genetic engineering experiments from the comfort of your desk. With all-in-one heating and cooling, touch controls, and sensors, the DNA Playground saves 1-2 hours of setup/cleanup time each time you use it!

The DNA Playground replaces the need for:

     • Ice/Ice buckets
     • Hot water baths
    • Thermometers
    • Incubators
    • Timers


Tech Specs
  Home  Large
Dimensions 13 x 6 x 5 in 13 x 7 x 5 in
Weight 5.75 lbs 7.75 lbs
Voltage 110-225 V 110-225 V
Operating environment
Temperature 18-25 ºC 18-25 ºC
Humidity 20-45% 20-45%
Altitude 3,000 m 3,000 m 
Touchscreen Color, 4.3" capacitive Color, 4.3" capacitive
On-screen timer Yes Yes
On-screen sensor data Yes Yes
Cold Station
Temperature range 2-4 ºC & 16 ºC 2-4 ºC & 16 ºC
Suitable for 4x (0.5 mL - 1.5 mL) 4x (0.5 mL - 1.5 mL)
Real-time sensor +/- 0.1 ºC @ 1 ºC +/- 0.1 ºC @ 1 ºC
Hot Station
Temperature range 30 ºC, 37 ºC & 42 ºC 30 ºC, 37 ºC & 42 ºC
Suitable for 4x (0.5 mL - 1.5 mL) 4x (0.5 mL - 1.5 mL)
Real-time sensor +/- 0.1 ºC @ 42 ºC +/- 0.1 ºC @ 42 ºC
Temperature range 30 ºC, 37 ºC & 42 ºC 30 ºC, 37 ºC & 42 ºC
Suitable for 2x (6cm petri dishes)

8x (6cm petri dishes)


2x (10cm petri dishes)

Real-time sensor +/- 0.5 ºC @ 37 ºC +/- 0.5 ºC @ 37 ºC
Incubator door lock Yes Yes

Tri-color LED (Red Green Blue)

No Yes


What's included?

There are two different versions of the DNA Playground: Home & Large (Classroom).

The DNA Playground Home enables one individual/group to complete one Amino Labs experiment at a time. This smaller unit is compatible with all Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero exercises, with the exception of the Light-it Kit in Chapter 7.

• The DNA Playground Home can incubate 2 small (6 cm) petri dishes at a time.
• The DNA Playground Home allows you to perform one experiment at a time.

DNA Playground Large: Enables up to four individuals/groups to do up to four Amino Labs experiments at a time. The DNA Playground large is typically used in the classroom environment; however, if you're an at home-learner, a DNA Playground Large will allow you more flexibility in the future if you choose to start doing your own experiments! The DNA Playground Large is compatible with all Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero exercises.

• The DNA Playground Large can incubate 8 (6 cm) petri dishes or 2 (10 cm) petri dishes at a time.

• The DNA Playground Large allows for up to 4 Amino Labs experiments to be performed at the same time, so it can be shared by 4 teams/lab groups in the classroom.

How is it used?

At home:
At home, the DNA Playground is an easy, all-in-one solution to get your home lab started! Its small size fits easily on your desk and can be stored away when not in use. Safe and easy to use, the DNA Playground also features a locked incubator to prevent animals and younger family members from accidentally getting into your experiments.

In the classroom:
In the classroom, the DNA Playground™ empowers and engages students as the students can control and monitor the temperature stations via the touchscreen. These mini-labs are unlike any other genetic engineering equipment out there - they are designed for students that have no prior knowledge of using traditional biotechnology equipment!

To maximize fun and success, we recommend you opt for one or more DNA Playground Large. Each DNA Playground Large can cater to up to four groups of students. Depending on your desired student group sizes, you'll typically use between one and eight DNA Playground Large. The DNA Playground also reduces set up and clean up time by up to an hour and results in much less mess.

Moreover, because these small units take only seconds to turn off and unplug they can easily be stored away in a cupboard until the next time - this means you do not need to set up and maintain a dedicated laboratory space or classroom to run cutting edge genetic engineering activities.

Lastly, because DNA Playgrounds are small and contained units, we've learned that many teachers also send DNA Playground units home with students to complete extra activities at home - how exciting!

Storage & Shipping

Shipping Times

Lab equipment and accessories are shipped 1-10 working days after you place your order. If you require yours for a specific date or event, please contact us before or with your order # so that we can try to make it happen for you! ☺︎ 


No special storage is needed!

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