Program participants have access to the Kit Loan Program developed and maintained by Science Education Partnership (SEP). Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and other funders provide these kits to teachers, free of cost.
Last year, over 15,000 students used SEP kits and supplies in their science classes. Because many students use several different kits during the course of a school year there are approximately 35,000 student-uses annually.
To support teachers through remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year, SEP has created Remote Learning Teacher Packs that have the same equipment, reagents, and supplies as a kit but just for less people. Each Remote Learning (REMO) Teacher Pack contains enough materials to run two experiments per request. The REMO Teacher Packs can be loaned out for two weeks per request and can be picked up and dropped off using our new curbside pickup and drop off schedule. More information and an FAQ on pick-up and drop-off on REMO Packs are below.
The followinng kits offer SEP teachers the opportunity to share hands-on laboratory experiences with students in their classrooms, giving students a unique chance to engage in an authentic, problem-solving approach to science using the same tools and concepts utilized by researchers.
Kits contain the equipment and supplies necessary for experiments in DNA gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, fruit fly genetics, column chromatography, ELISA, DNA extraction and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Many different model-based kits are also available.
SEP staff are available during school hours to provide advice and technical support for kit use. In addition, scientists from Fred Hutch and the community donate scientific equipment and consumables to SEP, which are then made available to teachers.
This kit supports a series of labs for learning the principles and applications of electrophoresis as a research and diagnostic tool, and contains everything needed for students to perform gel electrophoresis to separate molecules based on size, charge, and shape.
This kit supports a series of labs for learning the principles and applications of electrophoresis as a research and diagnostic tool, and contains everything needed for students to perform gel electrophoresis to separate molecules based on size, charge, and shape using the MiniOne All in One Gel Electrophoresis system.
This kit can be used to simulate detection of different viral biomarkers or antibodies using an ELISA assay. The kit also contains models for understanding antibody structure and diversity.
This kit contains everything you need for students to transform E. coli with one of our two plasmids, pBLU or pFLO.
This kit contains the PCR machines and reagents necessary to run a polymerase chain reaction.
This kit contains micropipettes of various sizes. Students become proficient measuring and working with very small metric volumes, an essential skill in research laboratories.
This kit is about the drama and wonder of looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing scale, and theorizing. This kit contains magnifying loupes and a “World in a Box” for students to explore the world more closely.
This kit contains a wide assortment of reagents and equipment needed for students to create their own procedure that extracts and visualizes strawberry DNA.
REMOs are mini-kits with the same equipment, consumables, and reagents as a standard kit, designed to be used for virtual classroom demonstrations or for creating videos of various SEP curriculum protocols.
REMO Kit Packs Available:
All Current SEP kits, excluding the Fly Kit and Private Eye
REMO Supplies-Only Packs Available:
Include all consumables and reagents needed.
REMO Model Packs Available:
*TRANSFORMATION NOTE: Transformation will require extra safety procedures
Gloves while using kits: Please wear gloves when handling any items that will be returned to us (Equipment, Tip and Microtube boxes, Glassware and Plasticware, etc.)
Gloves while using models: Please wear gloves when handling model pieces.
Reagent amounts: Many of the reagents will be supplied in very small amounts using mini-microfuge tubes (0.6ml tubes). These can be stored in a normal microtube rack by cutting the lid off of a 1.5 ml microtube and setting it in the rack first. Same idea applies when needing to spin down reagents in a minifuge.
Discard any used consumables: Microfuge tubes, transfer pipets, ELISA strips, gloves, etc.
Remove the autoclave tape off of tip boxes that have been opened, even if you did not end up using them.
Thoroughly rinse and dry waste containers, graduated cylinders, and other used glassware and plasticware.
For TRANSFORMATION Packs: Add 10% bleach solution to plates and allow them to sit for 10 minutes before discarding them in the biohazard bag provided. Discard any remaining Luria Broth, add 10% bleach to the container and allow to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing and returning to the pack. Return the biohazard bag with your Pack.
Current days for Pick up and Drop Off of SEP items are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
1. Complete Online Demographic Form (only needs to be done once, skip if already filled out) Estimated numbers are OK.
2. Fill out either the REMOTE LEARNING TEACHER PACK, KIT, or SUPPLIES-ONLY form:
To support teachers through remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year, SEP has created Remote Learning Teacher Packs that have the same equipment, reagents, and supplies as a kit but just for less people. Each Remote Learning (REMO) Teacher Pack contains enough materials to run two experiments per request. If you would like request a full-size kit, please email us.
KITS (choose one):
ELISA Kit Request Form
Gel Kit Request Form
Transformation Kit Request Form
PCR Kit Request Form
Model Kit Request Form (includes Elephant Trunk Accessories Kit)
DNA Extraction, Micropipet, Private Eye and Fly Kit Request Form
3: Scheduling Email:
Once we have your items scheduled, we will send a preliminary email summarizing your items and dates for pick up and drop off. We will need you to choose a 30 minute time window for the pick up and the drop off dates. These time windows do not have to match.
4: Confirmation Email:
AFTER we receive your preferred time slots, we will send out a confirmation email summarizing your request.
PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of the safety of the SEP staff and our teachers, if you or anyone in your household are experiencing symptoms please refrain from picking up your materials and contact us so we can reschedule you. If you need to return items, please hold onto them and contact us so we can make alternative arrangements with the next scheduled teacher. If you begin experiencing symptoms up to a week after you return your items please let us know.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
206.667.4487 – The direct line to the SEP Lab
Be certain you have confirmed your items with Caren or Hanako prior to your arrival. Please come on the pickup day scheduled unless prior arrangements have been made. Once you reach the parking circle outside of the Thomas building, call the direct SEP phone number. An SEP staff member will bring your items out to you and place them on the sidewalk.
NOTE: We cannot place them in your vehicle/trunk.
Please bring back your items on the return day scheduled unless prior arrangements have been made. Once you reach the parking circle outside of the Thomas building, call the direct SEP phone number. An SEP staff member will meet you with a cart. Please place your items on the cart.
NOTE: We cannot take items out of your vehicle/trunk.
NO – Access to the front entrance is by key card only. Please wait a few minutes and try calling again. Please DO NOT leave any items unattended at the front desk.
Email SEP at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to reschedule a pick up/drop off for the following week. If you missed a pick up date, depending on kit scheduling and availability you may only be able to use the pack through your originally scheduled date.
Please contact us and we will do our best to find a day/time that is convenient.