Kit Loan Program

Science Education Partnership

Kit Loan Program

SEP participants have access to the Kit Loan Program developed and maintained by SEP. Thanks to financial support from Fred Hutch and other funders, these kits are available at no cost. 

Last year, over 15,000 students used SEP kits and supplies in their science classes. Because many students use kits several times in their science classes, there are approximately 35,000 kit-uses annually.

These kits offer SEP teachers the opportunity to share hands-on laboratory experiences with students in their classrooms, giving students a unique chance to experience an authentic, problem-solving approach to science using the same tools and concepts used by research scientists.

Kits contain the equipment and supplies necessary for experiments in such areas as DNA gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, fruit fly genetics, column chromatography, ELISA, and DNA extraction.

During the school year, SEP staff provide advice and technical support for kit use. In addition, scientists from Fred Hutch and the community provide scientific equipment and supply donations to SEP, which are then made available to teachers. 



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Kits with SEP Lesson Plans Include:

  • Gel Electrophoresis Kit: Students use agarose gel electrophoresis to separate mixtures of molecules.
  • Bacterial Transformation Kit: Teaches students that DNA codes for instructions that give cells visible characteristics.
  • ELISA Kit: Teaches antibody structure with models and a simulated detection of avian flu influenza via an ELISA assay.
  • Elephant Trunk: Students discover how biomolecular research tools can help conserve the African elephant.
  • Micropipet Kit: Teaches students to become proficient measuring very small metric volumes using micropipets.
  • DNA Extraction Kit: Offers students a chance to isolate and collect DNA from onions or strawberries.
  • Chromatography Kit: An introduction to separating molecules using paper and column chromatography.
  • Fly Lab: Students work with the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, one of the best model organisms for studying genetics, development, and behavior.
  • The Private Eye®: The Private Eye® is about the drama and wonder of looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing scale, and theorizing.

SEP Protein Modeling Kits:

  • Molymod® Model Amino Acid Kit: Explore amino acid structure and function by building them using fun Molymod® models.
  • Toober Model Kit: Students explore 3D protein folding by building and then folding their own proteins.
  • Pizza Amino Acid Starter Kit®: This amino acid starter kit allows students to explore how the unique chemical properties of the 20 amino acids help determine protein folding and shape.
  • Water Model: Students explore the properties of water by working through stations designed to test surface tension, solubility, and capillary action, while exploring the molecular basis for the unique characteristics of water using magnetic models.
  • Insulin and Beta-Globin: Modeling kits from 3D Molecular Design allow students to explore the structure and function of these important molecules.