Education Outreach

Activity Kits

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Activity Kits


Mobile Lab Activity Kits
Presenting curriculum kits based on the popular activities from the Salk Institute Mobile Science Lab for use by middle and high school science teachers in their classrooms. Kits contain everything you need to do each activity with up to 200 students. Each kit includes access to matching curriculum materials including PowerPoint presentations, student worksheets, web-based activity ideas etc. as electronic files so you can modify as needed for your classes. Support is available from Salk Education Outreach staff and our community of scientist volunteers – we’ll even come out to your classroom for presentation and logistical support if needed (schedules allowing).

Kit 1 – DNA Extraction: Uses wheat germ for a simple but powerful “first look” at actual DNA.

Kit 2 – Gel Electrophoresis basics: Demonstrates the principals of DNA fingerprinting using food coloring. Kit equipment can also be used with actual DNA materials from Bio-Rad, Wards, Carolina Biological and more.


PCR Activity Kits
In partnership with miniONE and miniPCR Salk has developed hands-on kits for PCR DNA amplification in classrooms. Kit contains the equipment for up to 10 groups of students. Each kit includes access to matching curriculum materials including PowerPoint presentations, student worksheets, web-based activity ideas etc. as electronic files so you can modify as needed for your classes. Full support is available from Salk Education Outreach staff and our community of scientist volunteers – we’ll even come out to your classroom for presentation and logistical support if needed (schedules allowing). Consumables for the kit are available separately.


Email education@salk.edu for upcoming required training workshops.

Teachers who have completed training click here for kit resources and availability calendars.