Arrange a Field Trip to the Biotility Education Center for Middle and High School Students

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Biotility has a variety of hands-on biotech fieldtrips for all levels of students, ranging from learning pipetting skills to protein purification! We will guide your students through an exciting lab experience using the latest molecular biotechnology techniques. Each field trip laboratory will include a lecture tailored to your students’ ages and your curriculum content. Additional tours to Biotech companies in Progress Park may also be scheduled.

We are able to schedule field trips Tuesday – Friday from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Biotility will only charge your group for materials used (see approximate pricing after each lab description). Invoicing occurs after your field trip is scheduled. Easy on-line P Card payment is available through the University of Florida’s secure payment site (a link will be sent with the invoice), or we accept checks and P.O.s. Contact Lori Wojciechowski to set up your field trip today.

 

Basic Labs

  • MicropipettingScientist-at-Bench

    A great basic lab for younger students that includes hands-on measurements of metric volumes. A key skill for those interested in biotechnology, students will learn to accurately manipulate microliter volumes using micropipettors to create colorful images on a 96-well plate. Concepts and Skills Involved: Understanding the metric system, pipetting accuracy, and attention to detail. Approximately 2 hours.

                        $4.00/student, maximum of 32 students (no minimum number of students)

  • Cheese-Making Lab

    Modern-day cheese makers want to produce large amounts of high- quality cheese in the most economical way. In this lab students will make cheese using several cheese-curdling enzymes to determine which enzymes work the fastest and produce the most cheese. Concepts and Skills Involved: Pipetting accuracy and data collection, analyzing data, following written protocols, enzyme activity.  Approximately 2.5 hours.

                        $7.50/student, maximum of 32 students (no minimum number of students)

  • Forensic DNA Fingerprinting

    Students will analyze six different DNA samples to determine “who done it?” Students will learn (or review) the basics of DNA, genetics, restriction enzymes, and how to analyze DNA evidence for use in criminal or missing persons cases, or mass disasters. Concepts and Skills Involved: pipetting accuracy, gel electrophoresis, and analyzing data (if desired, instructions for using students’ data to develop and use a standard curve, and use Excel to organize and graph data are available). Approximately 3 hours.

                        $10.50/student, minimum of 16 students, maximum of 32 students

  • Milk vs. Gatorade96-Well-Plate-Purple-Red

    Students will perform a colorimetric protein assay to determine which sports drink will aid in the fastest recovery for athletes: chocolate milk or Gatorade?  Concepts and Skills Involved: accuracy in pipetting, use of an assay to test samples, use of an automated plate reader, data organization and interpretation, and calculating an “unknown” measurement from a standard curve.  Instructions for using students’ data in Excel to organize/graph data, develop and use a standard curve are also provided. Approximately 2.5 hours.

                        $7.50/student, maximum of 32 students (no minimum number of students)

 

Intermediate Labs*

  • DNA Purification/Electrophoresis

    Students will isolate plasmid DNA from E. coli using a mini spin column, and then run their product on an agarose gel. Concepts and skills involved: pipetting accuracy, gel electrophoresis, molecular properties used in purification, applications of purified DNA, and analyzing data.  Instructions for using students’ data to develop and use a standard curve on Excel will be provided.  Approximately 3 hours.

                       $7.50/student, maximum of 32 students (no minimum number of students)

  • Restriction Enzyme Digest/ElectrophoresisTeacher-Student-w-DNA-Model-small

    Combine this lab with DNA Purification for a more in-depth lab experience on how biotechnologists clone DNA. Students will perform restriction enzyme digests on Lambda DNA or a plasmid of your choice. Students will run their digests on an agarose gel while estimating the size of their expected bands. Concepts and skills involved: pipetting accuracy, gel electrophoresis, enzymatic reactions, applications of cloning, and analyzing data. 

                        Stand alone lab: $10-12/student, maximum of 32 students (Approximately 3 hours)

In combination with DNA Purification: $15/student total (Approximately 5 hours)

  • Detecting Disease Outbreaks with ELISA

    Students will utilize an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to track a “disease outbreak” among their classmates with   an exchange of simulated body fluids. While running this diagnostic assay, students will learn about the basics of immunology and how to use antibodies in diagnosing and tracking diseases. Concepts and Skills Involved: pipetting accuracy and analyzing data. Approximately 3 hours.

                        $10.50/student, minimum of 16 students, maximum of 32 students

*Any of the intermediate lab experiences may be combined with the Micropipetting activity for just $3 more per student 

Advanced Labs*

  • Purification of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) from E. coliBiotech-Student

    Students will use column chromatography isolate genetically engineered GFP from E. coli in the context of manufacturing a biopharmaceutical product. After isolating GFP, students will identify the glowing protein on an SDS PAGE gel. Concepts and Skills Involved: pipetting, principles of protein chromatography, and protein electrophoresis.  Approximately 5 hours. 

                        $12.50/student, minimum of 16 students, maximum of 32 students

  • Comparative Proteomics: Protein Profiling

    Students will use SDS PAGE to generate protein profiles from fish muscles.  By comparing the variation between the size of the actin and myosin muscle proteins, students will be able to determine the genetic-relatedness of their fish samples. Concepts and Skills Involved: pipetting, protein electrophoresis, and analysis of results and creation of a cladogram from gel data. Approximately 5 hours.

                        $15/student, minimum of 8 students, maximum of 24 students

*Any of the advanced lab experiences may be combined with the Micropipetting activity for just $3 more per student

Create a Customized Field Trip for Your Students

Any of the above field trips can be customized based on your curriculum. Don’t see a lab you’d like your students to perform?

Please contact Lori Wojciechowski to discuss other lab options.

Can’t make it to Biotility? We can bring a lab to you! 

Mileage (at $0.45/mile) and hotel costs (only if an overnight stay is needed) are added to the cost of the lab.