Teach what is DNA, what is a gene, cell theory, genetic engineering, bioart, biotechnology, biohacking and genetic engineering with the world's first biohacking and biotechnology STEM teacher tester pack from amino labs - NGSS LS, MS, life science high school life science middle school biology & genetics module
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Teacher Tester Kit Pack

The teacher tester is a kit pack that brings together everything a science or visual arts teacher needs to get started with using hands-on biology exercises as a fun and engaging part of their class. This kit pack enables teachers with no expertise or experience in life science research to test, learn, and practice hands-on STEM or STEAM biology to their classrooms! Teachers around the world who once thought this subject daunting and too complex are now using these kits with up to 120 student groups to bring engaging and real-world experiences to their classrooms. Moreover, Amino Labs is seeing teachers of different disciplines collaborate and cross-cut with biology (e.g., visual art and biology, math, and biology).

With this Teacher Tester Kit Pack and Amino Labs biotechnology products in general, you do not need to have a dedicated lab space. The DNA Playground Large can be easily stored on a shelf or in a cabinet, freeing up the desk or bench space for other class activities. 

Biotechnology has become a rapidly growing global industry. Now is an excellent time for students to learn hands-on biology through engaging exercises. These exercises can spark student interest in a viable and lucrative career path. This applies to both students interested in science and engineering, but also students interested in art and design - as biotechnology industry continues to grow and diversify, artist and designers are increasingly needed to communicate new science ideas to the public, develop product descriptions, and in the area of speculative design and science fiction writing, to inspire and direct biotechnology itself!

Follow the Zero to Genetic Engineering learning journey with these activities and learning objectives:

  • Take the Genetic Engineers’ Pledge
  • Chapter 1 - Isolating DNA, the Blueprints of Life:
    • extract and see real genomic DNA from strawberries using the DNA extraction kits,
    • assemble a DNA structure using a drag and drop simulator,
    • discover 'What is DNA?', 'What is DNA's function?', and 'What DNA is made of?',
    • learn about the history of DNA, its evolution, the road to precisely editing DNA and its future,
    • understand how DNA can be used in biotechnology to create products,
    • understand how atoms, molecules, macromolecules (nucleic acid), and nucleotides come into play.
  • Chapter 2 - Safety & setting up your Genetic Engineering Hero Space
    • learn about the 4 Biosafety levels & how to stay safe & responsible during your biotechnology science projects,
    • discover the rules & regulations in biotechnology,
    • set up your school laboratory or home laboratory with your DNA Playground - What type of laboratory equipment is necessary? What kind of locations can be used for a safe & responsible biotechnology lab,
    • learn how to inactivate your biotechnology science experiments and clean up your laboratory, 
    • download a laboratory safety checklist, a biosafety poster, and a biosecurity poster,
    • understand the ethics, lab safety & best practices surrounding genetic engineering and biotechnology.
  • Chapter 3 - Growing E. coli cells
    • grow colorful, friendly lab-strain of bacteria and use it to make bioart  in a virtual simulator and then in real-life using the Canvas kit,
    • learn the difference between safe laboratory E. coli vs. ‘bad’ E. coli and its history,
    • learn 'What is a cell?'
    • tour the cell structure using the  Cells as (micro) factories analogy - a comparison between factories and cells.
    • discover the role of macromolecules: carbs, lipids, proteins
  • Chapter 4 - Genetic Engineering your E. coli cells
    • engineer bacteria (cells) with a pre-made DNA program in a virtual simulator and then in real-life using the Engineer-it kit,
    • learn the primary operating environment of a cell,
    • start understanding how cells read DNA: How do cells know how to start, do and stop reading DNA (transcription),
    • discover 'What is a gene?' 
    • find out what DNA plasmids are and how to use them in biotechnology.
  • Chapter 5 - Extracting your engineered proteins
    • learn how to extract the proteins created by your engineer bacteria in real-life (hands-on kits for this chapter not included in this pack - the Extract-it kit),
    • continue understanding how cells know how to start, do and stop reading RNA (translation),
    • discover proteins & enzymes, promoters vs. the ribosomal binding site and the other RNAs (rRNA & tRNA),
    • learn and use the RNA to protein cipher.
  • Chapter 6 - Processing Chemicals with Enzymes
    • learn how to engineer cells to created small molecules and enzymes to create products like smells and color-changing molecules (hands-on kits for this chapter not included in this pack - the Smell-it kit and the Blue-it kit),
    • learn the basics of enzymatic chemical reactions,
    • understand the Four B’s of cell function in action,
    • discover protein enzymes as catalysis in cells,
    • learn the basic structure of atoms and the four major types of bonds,
    • explorer metabolic pathways and how they are used in genetic engineering and biotechnology. 
  • Chapter 7 - Manually turning on genes in situ
    • learn how to engineer cells or use pre-engineered cells and manually turn on genes using light, chemicals, and heat to understand genetic switched in real-life (hands-on kits for this chapter not included in this pack - the RGB kit, the Induce-it kit, and the Heat-it kit),
    • learn the mechanisms of gene expression,
    • revise and apply the coding and non-coding regions of genes knowledge from Ch. 4-5,
    • explore a DNA plasmid map,
    • start setting the stage for you to design your custom DNA plasmids.

With this kit pack, you will also be able to lead a new iGEM team to success, even with no prior synthetic biology and genetic engineering.

“This book [Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero] is the perfect learning journey to learning the basics of engineering bacteria. From covering DNA to extracting proteins that you’ve engineered the bacteria to create and even control genetic circuits. These are the topics you need to know before you start innovating on your iGEM project”. - Kristi Turton, undergraduate student at the University of Lethbridge in Canada and advisor to the Lethbridge High School iGEM team. 

Teach what is DNA, what is a gene, cell theory, genetic engineering, bioart, biotechnology, biohacking and genetic engineering with the world's first biohacking and biotechnology STEM teacher tester pack from amino labs - NGSS LS, MS, life science high school life science middle school biology & genetics module

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  • (1) Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero book

Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero: The Beginner's Guide to Programming Bacteria at Home, School & in the Makerspace is a 186-page book with over 130 color illustrations that take educators and students through a journey of exploring biology through fun and engaging hands-on activities.

Use the book as an enriched substitute for instruction manuals. Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero includes “Going Deeper” and “Pro-tip” sections throughout the exercises, which give the reader more context about the hands-on activity. The Fundamentals sections in each chapter cover an important subject that relates to and are “anchored by” the hands-on exercise. Each chapter also concludes with questions that the students can answer to demonstrate their understanding of the subjects explored in the chapter.

Chapter 2 of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero guides you through setting up your “lab” environment as well as the basic safety suggestions.

  • (1) DNA Playground Large (Chapter 2)

DNA Playground is a new kind of lab equipment that is specially designed for those just learning about biotechnology, molecular biology, and genetic engineering. 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 reduce the cost compared to buying traditional lab equipment, and lowers the setup 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 space to set up and maintain the equipment.

Each DNA Playground Large can host up to four groups of students doing the Canvas Kit or Engineer-it Kit exercises. Typically a classroom will require between two and four DNA Playground Large, depending on the student group sizes.

 

  • (2) DNA Extraction Kits (Chapter 1)

Doing a hands-on experiment where you actually get to see real DNA emerge from a strawberry is surprising and delightful. This hands-on exercise is an engaging and sticky activity that is a great anchor for learning some fundamentals about DNA, which are included in the second half of Chapter 1 of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero. Fundamental concepts in Chapter 1 include evolution, the structure of DNA and chemical elements that are the building blocks of living things, the vocabulary often used to describe DNA (genes, genome, chromosomes, etc.), and the use of DNA in industry.

The only ingredient that needs to be acquired separately is a bottle of rubbing alcohol (70%-99%), which can be found at a local pharmacy, grocery store, or already in your home/school. 

  • (2) Canvas Kits (Chapter 3)

Watching bacteria cells grow and change color is an ah-ha moment that leaves a lasting impression with students. What do bacteria colonies look like? What do bacteria eat and grow on? Students learn how to make LB agar Petri dishes and learn how to streak cells, a technique that is very important in research labs around the world.

Further, students also get to create BioArt by “painting” with the bacteria on Petri dishes and watch the living canvases emerge by incubating them. BioArt is an emerging field of art that is being researched and explored in the top art and design universities such as the Royal College of Art in London, and Parson’s School of Design in New York.

The Fundamentals section of Chapter 3 in Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero covers the structure of a bacterium cell and takes the students through a tour of a bacterium cell. The four macromolecules of living organisms are discussed, and it emerges that cells are like micro-factories and are made of “molecular mash-ups” of the four macromolecules of living organisms.

  • (2) Engineer-it Kits (Chapter 4)

What is genetic engineering? How does it work? The students make their own LB agar Petri dishes, streak “blank cells,”, and then get to engineer blank cells with a DNA plasmid that causes the cells to express a color-producing gene. This is called a transformation experiment and is a fundamental technique in the world of life science research. This is likened to the “Hello World!” of computer programming.

The Fundamentals of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Chapter 4 begin covering how the cells start to read DNA, and the concept of a gene starts to emerge. Students learn the “basic operating environment of a cell” and learn that cells cannot think, but instead, it is chemistry that dictates how the cells operate. Transcription is the primary topic of Chapter 4 Fundamentals, and the students learn how cells know how to start reading DNA (start transcription), do transcription, and stop transcription.

If you want to cover translation of RNA into proteins, this is the topic of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Chapter 5, which also has a fun and engaging hands-on exercise. 

  • (1) Safety Set Mini

A safety set includes five disposable plastic aprons that can be used as lab coats. This kit also includes two small and three medium pairs of nitrile gloves.

 

The experiment kits must be refrigerated upon arrival for a longer shelf life. 

Necessary equipment: All the required laboratory and science equipment is included in this pack.

Cleaning supplies are not included. This is a chlorinated cleaner, or a solution of chlorinated bleach in a spray bottle. For more information about safety, set up and clean up, have a look at the instruction manual(s) for your kits or mini lab. 

Starter sets are shipped 1-5 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! ☺︎ 

The experiment kit(s) must be refrigerated upon arrival for a longer shelf life. 

Overview

The teacher tester is a kit pack that brings together everything a science or visual arts teacher needs to get started with using hands-on biology exercises as a fun and engaging part of their class. This kit pack enables teachers with no expertise or experience in life science research to test, learn, and practice hands-on STEM or STEAM biology to their classrooms! Teachers around the world who once thought this subject daunting and too complex are now using these kits with up to 120 student groups to bring engaging and real-world experiences to their classrooms. Moreover, Amino Labs is seeing teachers of different disciplines collaborate and cross-cut with biology (e.g., visual art and biology, math, and biology).

With this Teacher Tester Kit Pack and Amino Labs biotechnology products in general, you do not need to have a dedicated lab space. The DNA Playground Large can be easily stored on a shelf or in a cabinet, freeing up the desk or bench space for other class activities. 

Biotechnology has become a rapidly growing global industry. Now is an excellent time for students to learn hands-on biology through engaging exercises. These exercises can spark student interest in a viable and lucrative career path. This applies to both students interested in science and engineering, but also students interested in art and design - as biotechnology industry continues to grow and diversify, artist and designers are increasingly needed to communicate new science ideas to the public, develop product descriptions, and in the area of speculative design and science fiction writing, to inspire and direct biotechnology itself!

 With this starter pack, you will:

Follow the Zero to Genetic Engineering learning journey with these activities and learning objectives:

  • Take the Genetic Engineers’ Pledge
  • Chapter 1 - Isolating DNA, the Blueprints of Life:
    • extract and see real genomic DNA from strawberries using the DNA extraction kits,
    • assemble a DNA structure using a drag and drop simulator,
    • discover 'What is DNA?', 'What is DNA's function?', and 'What DNA is made of?',
    • learn about the history of DNA, its evolution, the road to precisely editing DNA and its future,
    • understand how DNA can be used in biotechnology to create products,
    • understand how atoms, molecules, macromolecules (nucleic acid), and nucleotides come into play.
  • Chapter 2 - Safety & setting up your Genetic Engineering Hero Space
    • learn about the 4 Biosafety levels & how to stay safe & responsible during your biotechnology science projects,
    • discover the rules & regulations in biotechnology,
    • set up your school laboratory or home laboratory with your DNA Playground - What type of laboratory equipment is necessary? What kind of locations can be used for a safe & responsible biotechnology lab,
    • learn how to inactivate your biotechnology science experiments and clean up your laboratory, 
    • download a laboratory safety checklist, a biosafety poster, and a biosecurity poster,
    • understand the ethics, lab safety & best practices surrounding genetic engineering and biotechnology.
  • Chapter 3 - Growing E. coli cells
    • grow colorful, friendly lab-strain of bacteria and use it to make bioart  in a virtual simulator and then in real-life using the Canvas kit,
    • learn the difference between safe laboratory E. coli vs. ‘bad’ E. coli and its history,
    • learn 'What is a cell?'
    • tour the cell structure using the  Cells as (micro) factories analogy - a comparison between factories and cells.
    • discover the role of macromolecules: carbs, lipids, proteins
  • Chapter 4 - Genetic Engineering your E. coli cells
    • engineer bacteria (cells) with a pre-made DNA program in a virtual simulator and then in real-life using the Engineer-it kit,
    • learn the primary operating environment of a cell,
    • start understanding how cells read DNA: How do cells know how to start, do and stop reading DNA (transcription),
    • discover 'What is a gene?' 
    • find out what DNA plasmids are and how to use them in biotechnology.
  • Chapter 5 - Extracting your engineered proteins
    • learn how to extract the proteins created by your engineer bacteria in real-life (hands-on kits for this chapter not included in this pack - the Extract-it kit),
    • continue understanding how cells know how to start, do and stop reading RNA (translation),
    • discover proteins & enzymes, promoters vs. the ribosomal binding site and the other RNAs (rRNA & tRNA),
    • learn and use the RNA to protein cipher.
  • Chapter 6 - Processing Chemicals with Enzymes
    • learn how to engineer cells to created small molecules and enzymes to create products like smells and color-changing molecules (hands-on kits for this chapter not included in this pack - the Smell-it kit and the Blue-it kit),
    • learn the basics of enzymatic chemical reactions,
    • understand the Four B’s of cell function in action,
    • discover protein enzymes as catalysis in cells,
    • learn the basic structure of atoms and the four major types of bonds,
    • explorer metabolic pathways and how they are used in genetic engineering and biotechnology. 
  • Chapter 7 - Manually turning on genes in situ
    • learn how to engineer cells or use pre-engineered cells and manually turn on genes using light, chemicals, and heat to understand genetic switched in real-life (hands-on kits for this chapter not included in this pack - the RGB kit, the Induce-it kit, and the Heat-it kit),
    • learn the mechanisms of gene expression,
    • revise and apply the coding and non-coding regions of genes knowledge from Ch. 4-5,
    • explore a DNA plasmid map,
    • start setting the stage for you to design your custom DNA plasmids.

With this kit pack, you will also be able to lead a new iGEM team to success, even with no prior synthetic biology and genetic engineering.

“This book [Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero] is the perfect learning journey to learning the basics of engineering bacteria. From covering DNA to extracting proteins that you’ve engineered the bacteria to create and even control genetic circuits. These are the topics you need to know before you start innovating on your iGEM project”. - Kristi Turton, undergraduate student at the University of Lethbridge in Canada and advisor to the Lethbridge High School iGEM team. 

Teach what is DNA, what is a gene, cell theory, genetic engineering, bioart, biotechnology, biohacking and genetic engineering with the world's first biohacking and biotechnology STEM teacher tester pack from amino labs - NGSS LS, MS, life science high school life science middle school biology & genetics module

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What's included & what's required

  • (1) Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero book

Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero: The Beginner's Guide to Programming Bacteria at Home, School & in the Makerspace is a 186-page book with over 130 color illustrations that take educators and students through a journey of exploring biology through fun and engaging hands-on activities.

Use the book as an enriched substitute for instruction manuals. Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero includes “Going Deeper” and “Pro-tip” sections throughout the exercises, which give the reader more context about the hands-on activity. The Fundamentals sections in each chapter cover an important subject that relates to and are “anchored by” the hands-on exercise. Each chapter also concludes with questions that the students can answer to demonstrate their understanding of the subjects explored in the chapter.

Chapter 2 of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero guides you through setting up your “lab” environment as well as the basic safety suggestions.

  • (1) DNA Playground Large (Chapter 2)

DNA Playground is a new kind of lab equipment that is specially designed for those just learning about biotechnology, molecular biology, and genetic engineering. 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 reduce the cost compared to buying traditional lab equipment, and lowers the setup 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 space to set up and maintain the equipment.

Each DNA Playground Large can host up to four groups of students doing the Canvas Kit or Engineer-it Kit exercises. Typically a classroom will require between two and four DNA Playground Large, depending on the student group sizes.

 

  • (2) DNA Extraction Kits (Chapter 1)

Doing a hands-on experiment where you actually get to see real DNA emerge from a strawberry is surprising and delightful. This hands-on exercise is an engaging and sticky activity that is a great anchor for learning some fundamentals about DNA, which are included in the second half of Chapter 1 of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero. Fundamental concepts in Chapter 1 include evolution, the structure of DNA and chemical elements that are the building blocks of living things, the vocabulary often used to describe DNA (genes, genome, chromosomes, etc.), and the use of DNA in industry.

The only ingredient that needs to be acquired separately is a bottle of rubbing alcohol (70%-99%), which can be found at a local pharmacy, grocery store, or already in your home/school. 

  • (2) Canvas Kits (Chapter 3)

Watching bacteria cells grow and change color is an ah-ha moment that leaves a lasting impression with students. What do bacteria colonies look like? What do bacteria eat and grow on? Students learn how to make LB agar Petri dishes and learn how to streak cells, a technique that is very important in research labs around the world.

Further, students also get to create BioArt by “painting” with the bacteria on Petri dishes and watch the living canvases emerge by incubating them. BioArt is an emerging field of art that is being researched and explored in the top art and design universities such as the Royal College of Art in London, and Parson’s School of Design in New York.

The Fundamentals section of Chapter 3 in Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero covers the structure of a bacterium cell and takes the students through a tour of a bacterium cell. The four macromolecules of living organisms are discussed, and it emerges that cells are like micro-factories and are made of “molecular mash-ups” of the four macromolecules of living organisms.

  • (2) Engineer-it Kits (Chapter 4)

What is genetic engineering? How does it work? The students make their own LB agar Petri dishes, streak “blank cells,”, and then get to engineer blank cells with a DNA plasmid that causes the cells to express a color-producing gene. This is called a transformation experiment and is a fundamental technique in the world of life science research. This is likened to the “Hello World!” of computer programming.

The Fundamentals of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Chapter 4 begin covering how the cells start to read DNA, and the concept of a gene starts to emerge. Students learn the “basic operating environment of a cell” and learn that cells cannot think, but instead, it is chemistry that dictates how the cells operate. Transcription is the primary topic of Chapter 4 Fundamentals, and the students learn how cells know how to start reading DNA (start transcription), do transcription, and stop transcription.

If you want to cover translation of RNA into proteins, this is the topic of Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Chapter 5, which also has a fun and engaging hands-on exercise. 

  • (1) Safety Set Mini

A safety set includes five disposable plastic aprons that can be used as lab coats. This kit also includes two small and three medium pairs of nitrile gloves.

 

The experiment kits must be refrigerated upon arrival for a longer shelf life. 

Necessary equipment: All the required laboratory and science equipment is included in this pack.

Cleaning supplies are not included. This is a chlorinated cleaner, or a solution of chlorinated bleach in a spray bottle. For more information about safety, set up and clean up, have a look at the instruction manual(s) for your kits or mini lab. 

Resources

Shipping Times

Starter sets are shipped 1-5 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! ☺︎ 

The experiment kit(s) must be refrigerated upon arrival for a longer shelf life.