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BioArt Group Kit Pack

Create living paintings with colorful bacteria! Great for science class, visual arts class, or as a fun and easy art-meets-science project in an after-school club or community group.

BioArt (or biology art, petri dish art, bacteria/bacterial art, microbial art) is a new and exciting STEM topic that is being explored by all ages and skill levels. From top art and design schools such as the Royal College of Art in London to Parson’s School of Design in New York City to your school or home, Bioart offers many opportunities to explore the boundaries between science and art. By leveraging the age-old technique of painting and combining it with the cutting-edge activity of growing genetically engineered cells, your students can express what is important to them through a visual arts activity while doing and practicing science.

Bacterial painting is a uniquely rewarding and challenging form of art because the “paint” is living. It grows and changes through time! This is unlike traditional painting, where once your paintbrush stroke lands on the canvas, it doesn’t change unless you add or mix something into it. The outcome of your bacterial paintings is a mix of your strokes, the temperature at which you incubate, the length of time that you allow the cells to grow, and whether anything else in your environment landed on your canvas. Your very own living art!

For this art-meets-science project, you will:

  1. Make your own "painting canvases," called LB agar Petri dishes; a ubiquitous skill in the life sciences.
  2. Paint or stencil the colorful bacteria included in the kit onto three canvases.
  3. Incubate them in a warm spot, or an incubator if you have one
  4. Like an invisible ink, you won't see them at first, but as they grow and divide, they will become visible between 12-48 hours and change color. Your painting will emerge! 
  5. Coat your art in resin so that you can keep and display it proudly!
Learn bioart living art skills while discovering genetic engineering, biotechnology, life science with this STEM project science kit instructions.

Starter pack contents:

  • (1) Group Canvas Kit: The Canvas Kit is one of Amino Labs' flagship products that has been used by thousands of people. The students first create their “canvases” (Petri dishes with LB agar). The students then streak the pre-engineered cells onto a few of their canvases to grow their painting pallet. After those cells grow, students will use the various painting tools included in the kits to collect some “bacterial paint” and paint it onto their canvases. Included in the kits are some stencils that students can trace over to learn the craft, or they can draw on a blank stencil and trace over their drawing. Over 24-48 hours, the paintings emerge, and the colors in the bacteria begin to develop. In general, the cells will grow from being white, through pastel colors into full strength pigments - the time is essential! This Canvas Group Kit comes with three different colored bacteria. This group kit includes 8x individually packaged kits that can be handed out to students. There are shared tubes that the teacher holds onto, and the students use during the exercise. Groups of 1-4 students per 1 individually packaged kit are recommended.
  • (1) Group Keep-it Kit: The Keep-it Kit is a popular kit that enables students to keep their BioArt paintings by embedding them in a resin that hardens and locks in and fixes the cells. This makes it so that the students can hold onto the plates with bare hands, take them home, and share them with their family and friends. The Keep-it Kit comes with a small plastic stand that props up the plate for displaying on a shelf like a trophy for others to see. This group kit includes 8x individually packaged Keep-it Kits that can be handed out to students. Each of the kits come with two plastic stands and enough resin for two bacterial art pieces. In other words, with this group kit, there is enough resin and stands to conserve 16 bacterial art pieces.
  • (1) Safety Set: A safety set includes 100 disposable plastic aprons that can be used as lab coats if you do not have lab coats for your students. Also, one box (100) of extra small nitrile gloves and one box (100) of medium nitrile gloves are included.
  • (0-4) DNA Playground Large (Optional Add-on): DNA Playground is a new kind of laboratory equipment specially designed for those just learning about BioArt, biotechnology, molecular biology, life science, and genetic engineering. The DNA Playground enables fun and engaging science experiments with its built-in incubator that can incubate 8x Petri dishes (6 cm). It is fully compatible with the Canvas Kits to grow your living art. The DNA Playground is also useful for other science projects like genetic engineering and gene-editing experiments. It includes a “cold station,” which eliminates the need to source ice and ice buckets, and a hot station that eliminates the need for a hot water bath and a thermometer.                    The 3-in-1 nature of the DNA Playground highly simplifies getting the laboratory equipment for doing fun and engaging biotechnology and life science projects. It reduces the cost compared to buying traditional laboratory equipment and lowers the set-up and clean-up time. Moreover, the DNA Playgrounds only take seconds to turn off, unplug, and store away in a cupboard for next time - you don't need a dedicated laboratory space to set up and maintain.  If you already have a petri dish incubator, hot water bath, thermometers, ice buckets, and crushed ice, you do not need a DNA Playground Large. If you do not have that equipment, then choose the number of DNA Playground Large using the drop-down.
    *How many DNA Playgrounds do you need?
    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 2 and 4 DNA Playground Large, depending on the student group sizes.
    Calculation (round up to get how many machines you need):

    _____ (number of students per class) / _____ (students per group) / 4 = 

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

    Necessary equipment: 1 to 4 DNA Playground large* or 37°C petri dish incubator.

    Cleaning supplies not included. These supplies are 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 minilab.  

    Starter Packs 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

    Create living paintings with colorful bacteria! Great for science class, visual arts class, or as a fun and easy art-meets-science project in an after-school club or community group.

    BioArt (or biology art, petri dish art, bacteria/bacterial art, microbial art) is a new and exciting STEM topic that is being explored by all ages and skill levels. From top art and design schools such as the Royal College of Art in London to Parson’s School of Design in New York City to your school or home, Bioart offers many opportunities to explore the boundaries between science and art. By leveraging the age-old technique of painting and combining it with the cutting-edge activity of growing genetically engineered cells, your students can express what is important to them through a visual arts activity while doing and practicing science.

    Bacterial painting is a uniquely rewarding and challenging form of art because the “paint” is living. It grows and changes through time! This is unlike traditional painting, where once your paintbrush stroke lands on the canvas, it doesn’t change unless you add or mix something into it. The outcome of your bacterial paintings is a mix of your strokes, the temperature at which you incubate, the length of time that you allow the cells to grow, and whether anything else in your environment landed on your canvas. Your very own living art!

    With this pack, you will:

    For this art-meets-science project, you will:

    1. Make your own "painting canvases," called LB agar Petri dishes; a ubiquitous skill in the life sciences.
    2. Paint or stencil the colorful bacteria included in the kit onto three canvases.
    3. Incubate them in a warm spot, or an incubator if you have one
    4. Like an invisible ink, you won't see them at first, but as they grow and divide, they will become visible between 12-48 hours and change color. Your painting will emerge! 
    5. Coat your art in resin so that you can keep and display it proudly!
    Learn bioart living art skills while discovering genetic engineering, biotechnology, life science with this STEM project science kit instructions.

    What's Included & what's required

    Starter pack contents:

    • (1) Group Canvas Kit: The Canvas Kit is one of Amino Labs' flagship products that has been used by thousands of people. The students first create their “canvases” (Petri dishes with LB agar). The students then streak the pre-engineered cells onto a few of their canvases to grow their painting pallet. After those cells grow, students will use the various painting tools included in the kits to collect some “bacterial paint” and paint it onto their canvases. Included in the kits are some stencils that students can trace over to learn the craft, or they can draw on a blank stencil and trace over their drawing. Over 24-48 hours, the paintings emerge, and the colors in the bacteria begin to develop. In general, the cells will grow from being white, through pastel colors into full strength pigments - the time is essential! This Canvas Group Kit comes with three different colored bacteria. This group kit includes 8x individually packaged kits that can be handed out to students. There are shared tubes that the teacher holds onto, and the students use during the exercise. Groups of 1-4 students per 1 individually packaged kit are recommended.
    • (1) Group Keep-it Kit: The Keep-it Kit is a popular kit that enables students to keep their BioArt paintings by embedding them in a resin that hardens and locks in and fixes the cells. This makes it so that the students can hold onto the plates with bare hands, take them home, and share them with their family and friends. The Keep-it Kit comes with a small plastic stand that props up the plate for displaying on a shelf like a trophy for others to see. This group kit includes 8x individually packaged Keep-it Kits that can be handed out to students. Each of the kits come with two plastic stands and enough resin for two bacterial art pieces. In other words, with this group kit, there is enough resin and stands to conserve 16 bacterial art pieces.
    • (1) Safety Set: A safety set includes 100 disposable plastic aprons that can be used as lab coats if you do not have lab coats for your students. Also, one box (100) of extra small nitrile gloves and one box (100) of medium nitrile gloves are included.
    • (0-4) DNA Playground Large (Optional Add-on): DNA Playground is a new kind of laboratory equipment specially designed for those just learning about BioArt, biotechnology, molecular biology, life science, and genetic engineering. The DNA Playground enables fun and engaging science experiments with its built-in incubator that can incubate 8x Petri dishes (6 cm). It is fully compatible with the Canvas Kits to grow your living art. The DNA Playground is also useful for other science projects like genetic engineering and gene-editing experiments. It includes a “cold station,” which eliminates the need to source ice and ice buckets, and a hot station that eliminates the need for a hot water bath and a thermometer.                    The 3-in-1 nature of the DNA Playground highly simplifies getting the laboratory equipment for doing fun and engaging biotechnology and life science projects. It reduces the cost compared to buying traditional laboratory equipment and lowers the set-up and clean-up time. Moreover, the DNA Playgrounds only take seconds to turn off, unplug, and store away in a cupboard for next time - you don't need a dedicated laboratory space to set up and maintain.  If you already have a petri dish incubator, hot water bath, thermometers, ice buckets, and crushed ice, you do not need a DNA Playground Large. If you do not have that equipment, then choose the number of DNA Playground Large using the drop-down.
      *How many DNA Playgrounds do you need?
      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 2 and 4 DNA Playground Large, depending on the student group sizes.
      Calculation (round up to get how many machines you need):

      _____ (number of students per class) / _____ (students per group) / 4 = 

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

      Necessary equipment: 1 to 4 DNA Playground large* or 37°C petri dish incubator.

      Cleaning supplies not included. These supplies are 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 minilab.  

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      Shipping Times

      Starter Packs 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.