Curious about teaching biotech in your classroom, but don’t have the necessary equipment?Try one of our portable biotech laboratories! It has everything you need to implement our curriculum. The key to BABEC’s almost 20-year success lies in the fact that our portable laboratories embody a built-in scalable efficiency. They are mobile and move from classroom to classroom and school to school, permitting hands-on science experiences for students, without the high costs of a permanent lab. Instead of sitting permanently in one classroom all year, getting used only a few times, our educational science materials are used almost every week of the school year. BABEC laboratory materials reach an exponentially greater number of students through this mechanism, helping to increase equity in science education.
Full Portable Laboratories
In San Mateo County, teachers have access to our GeneConnection portable laboratories. This program includes all materials needed to teach a multi-week curriculum in biotechnology and biosciences: training, curriculum, equipment, reagents and classroom support. The portable laboratory contains 20-40 bins of equipment, depending on activities selected, and pickup and return are the responsibility of the participating school. Cost for participation is higher and is typically supported by the district administration. Currently, we have an opening for new schools/districts for these materials in the Fall semester.
A la carte
For teachers in search of laboratory equipment but not necessarily in need of a full portable have the option of ordering a la carte style. See below for all the options available.
BABEC offers the following general equipment starter kits, which varies depending on the curriculum. See below for supplemental reagent kits
UV Transilluminator Hood
Bacterial Transformation Kit
Styrofoam 6-hole Floatie
This PCR kit is meant for the following labs: Alu PV92, Mitochondrial DNA, D1S80, GMO and Wolbachia
Dry Heat Bath
20-well Heat Blocks
PCR Tube Racks
Supplemental Reagent Kits
The following are additional reagents needed to complete the labs but are not provided with our Reagent Kits
2.4 grams or 6 grams
Enough to make 300mL of agarose. "Getting Started" labs use 0.8% agarose and PCR labs use 2% agarose (except for D1S80)
Enough to make 3.5L of 1X TAE buffer to make and run the gels.
1000X Gel Green
To be added directly to the melted agarose before pouring the gels.
This supplemental reagent kit is meant for those doing pGLO or the pColors series
Makes three 300mL bottles, one each for: LB, LB/Amp, and LB/Amp/Ara plates. Each bottle is enough for roughly 20-30 plates.
Ampicillin (10 mg/mL)
For LB/Amp and LB/Amp/Ara plates
Arabinose (200 mg/mL)
For LB/Amp/Ara plates
4 sleeves, 20 per sleeve
One sleeve each for LB, LB/Amp, and LB/Amp/Ara plates; the forth is an extra.
Supplemental Consumable Kits
These are some of the plastic consumable kits BABEC offers. Please contact us if there are consumables you need but not listed here.
Bacterial Transformation Consumables Kit
This kit is meant for those who are interested in doing the Bacterial Transformation Curricula but are not using micropipettes.
Transfer Pipettes – 300 µL
Transfer Pipettes – 1 mL
Double ends – 1 µL and 10 µL
Pipette Tip Starter Kit
This kit is for those who are looking into starting their own selection of pipette tips, as in you will keep the boxes when you are done with them. If you are looking for just the tip refills, please look below for customizable options.