A Library of Labs

Identifying blood types is an important job done by law enforcement and medical professionals. In order to determine an unknown blood type, a sample is mixed with different antibodies. Based on the results, the unknown blood type can be determined. A, B, AB, and O – are you ready?

Discover why it's so important to know your blood type!

Blood Typing

In this lab, you will work to develop a coating for a new medication. You will have to consider the thickness of the coating, and the time window when the medicine needs to be released into the body. Explore how different ingredients in the pill coating effect how long it takes for the medicine to work!

Design and test pill coatings to deliver medicine to the body!

Pill Digestion

Fireworks are a common part of big celebrations like New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July. In this lab, you will test solutions to determine what gives fireworks their colors. Once you have data to reference, you will test unknown solutions to discover what they're made of!

No explosions here, but we will test with fire!

The Chemistry of Fireworks

Using conductive dough, you will explore closed, open, series, and parallel circuits. As you work, you may notice differences between the different circuits. These kinds of differences help electrical engineers decide which type to use in a project. Once you have worked with the different circuit types, you can build with the dough and let your imagination run wild!

Discover how conductive dough can complete your circuit

Mold-able Circuits

Neodymium magnets are very powerful, rare earth magnets. Their magnetic fields effect a range of magnetic materials, and they are dangerous around electronics! In this lab, you will create magnetic slime, manipulate a compass, and discover a hidden ingredient in cereal.

See the effects of strong magnets

Mighty Magnetism

Logic and coding go hand in hand because computers don’t think- they only do what we tell them to do! One way to give a computer directions is by using an infinite loop. In this lab, you will write your own code for infinite loops and experiment with programming a robot to follow your code!

Infinite loops and computer logic

Do it Again! Coding an Infinite Loop

Many foods we eat have colors added to them. People with allergies to colored dyes like red 40 have to pay special attention to the foods they eat. But are all blue food dyes created the same? What about green or blue dyes? In this lab, you will use chromatography to separate dyes into their component parts and make conclusions based on the results!

What gives candies their color?

Candy Chromatography

Earthquakes can cause serious destruction to buildings. In this lab, you will observe how a building’s location can impact its durability during tectonic disasters, and try to construct a building that will withstand an earthquake in that location!

Can your building withstand the earthquake?

Structural Integrity Test: Earthquakes

DNA is found in all living organisms, including fruits and vegetables! How much DNA do you think is in strawberries? What about blueberries? In this lab, you will separate DNA from all the other parts of fruit and vegetable cells and make observations!

Yes, fruit has DNA too!

Fruit DNA Extraction

Explore the basics of coding with robots that can respond to lights, sounds, and so much more! Remember, computers don't think by themselves, they only do what we tell them!

Learn the basics of block-based hybrid coding

Introduction to Code

Using glasses that allow you to see light spectra, you will explore that makes white light appear white! After proving that white light isn't white, you will explore the light spectra of different gasses. By the end of lab, you'll be reading the rainbow like a pro!

Wait. White light isn't white?

The Physics of Light

Microscopes are used in lab spaces around the world. There are many different kinds of microscopes, and scientists have to choose the right one for their lab space. In this lab, you will compare a compound microscope to one that you'll create yourself! You'll put your engineering skills to use as you work to magnify the world around you.

Laser pointers, plywood, and plexiglass!

Microscope Madness