FREE Classroom Activities

Free activities from MiniOne Systems and our collaborators build on the skills and concepts learned in MiniOne MiniLabs and extend the range of affordable hands-on labs you can do with your MiniOne Micropipettes, Electrophoresis, and PCR.

MiniOne Standard Curve Activity

Calculate the sizes of unknown DNA bands using known molecular weight standard. This activity is compatible with any MiniOne molecular size standard or any MiniLab where a size standard is used.

Pipette Art Project

Students learn accurate pipetting skills while creating original artwork. By Andrew Faiz, inspired by his students. Read the blog post about this project.

Taste of Genetics AP Biology Extension Activities 

Three engaging activities that build upon the Taste of Genetics MiniLab and the big ideas of AP Biology to create a cohesive introduction to bioinformatics and excite students about real-world uses of science practices.

Taste of Genetics Extension Activities Include:

Intro to NCBI Databases

Hardy-Weinberg Simulation

Exploring Sensory Evolution with NCBI BLAST


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20-in-20: Fast and Fun Biotech

Twenty fast and fun biology labs that can each be completed in twenty minutes- a popular NSTA workshop by Whitney Hagins from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation.

Biotechnology: Faster and Easier

Tips and tricks for teaching biotechnology, including essential equipment, pipetting technique, and where to get free reagents, by Whitney Hagins of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation.

Short Tandem Repeats PCR Activity

Teach PCR and human identification using short tandem repeats (STRs) with this pencil and paper simulation developed by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG).