SEP Kit Loan Program & Supplies

Due to COVID-19, campus is closed to non-Hutch personnel. 
See FAQ below for pick up and drop off information. 

Kit Loan Program

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. 

We will have a limited number of REMO packs available as well as our regular kits for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Kit Descriptions

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.

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Gel Electrophoresis Kit

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.

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MiniOne Gel Kit

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.

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ELISA Kit

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.

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Transformation Kit

This kit contains everything you need for students to transform E. coli with one of our two plasmids, pBLU or pFLO.

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PCR Kit

This kit contains the PCR machines and reagents necessary to run a polymerase chain reaction.

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Micropipet Kit

This kit contains micropipettes of various sizes. Students become proficient measuring and working with very small metric volumes, an essential skill in research laboratories. 

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Private Eye Kit

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.

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DNA Extraction Kit

This kit contains a wide assortment of reagents and equipment needed for students to create their own  procedure that extracts and visualizes strawberry DNA. 

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Model Kits

SEP has adapted lessons and teaching tools developed by our colleagues at the Center for Biomolecular Modeling (CBM). These kits cover topics from DNA, serial dilutions, amino acids, and protein folding. 

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Kit Loan Details

Information on the kits that SEP teachers can borrow. These are the full kits with the equipment, consumables, and reagents for a classroom of students. Each lab for a kit is designed for 1-5 classes of 32 students. 

This is the current protocol for picking up and dropping off our kits, if the COVID-19 pandemic shifts and Fred Hutch begins restricting visitor access on campus again we will move back to the protocol described in the Remote Learning Teacher Pack section below. 

Weekday Kit Pick Up/Drop Off

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Teachers can pick up or drop off their materials directly to the SEP Lab (A1-023). To drop off or pick up your kit on a weekday, park your car in the visitor lot of the Thomas building and go to the front desk to receive an SEP badge from the front desk or buzz security to be escorted to SEP.  

Weekend Kit Pick Up/Drop Off

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Teachers can pick up and drop off their materials on the weekend in the Weekend Room (B1-076). If you are scheduled to pick up/drop off on the weekend you can come pick up/drop off your materials Friday (after 2pm), Saturday, or Sunday of the weekend you are scheduled to pick up/drop off. To pick up your materials buzz security and have security escort you back to the Weekend Room to pick up/drop off your materials. 

Supplies Only

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SEP offers a Supplies-Only version of many of our lab kits for teachers that already have the equipment necessary. Supplies-Only contain only the consumable reagents and supplies (tips, tubes, freezer reagents, etc). To order Supplies-Only, fill out the request form below and let us know what reagents/consumables that you need and which you do not. Please give us at least two weeks to process theses requests. We will reach out to confirm pick up dates via email. 

If some equipment (PCR machine, heat block, LED light box etc) is needed those can be requested separately for a 2 week loan. 

SUPPLIES-ONLY REQUEST FORMS:
ELISA Supplies Request Form
Gel Supplies Request Form
PCR Supplies Request Form
Bacterial Tx Supplies Request Form

Kit Sign Up Process

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Teachers can request kits during our annual Fall Kick Off (formerly Kit Sign Up) event that is held on the third Saturday of Septemeber. Each kit can be loaned out for up to 2 weeks. Kits come with all equipment, reagents, and supplies needed to run our labs. All protocols and curriculum can be found on our curriculum website.

 

School Year Kit Requests

Teachers who want to request kits after Fall Kick Off can still request kits through our School Year Kit Request Forms. Please fill out the form and wait for us to contact you to confirm your kit request. 

1. Complete Online Demographic Form (only needs to be done once, skip if already filled out) Estimated numbers are OK.

2. Fill out the School Year Kit Request Form:

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.

Pick up/drop off FAQ

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I am due to pick up stuff during a week day. What’s the earliest I can come pick it up?

Your items will be ready after 2:00pm on the scheduled pick up day.

 

I am scheduled to pick stuff up on Saturday. Can I come Sunday?

Yes! For weekend items you can come on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, at any time during the hours listed above.

 

I am scheduled to pick stuff up Sunday. You mean I can come Saturday?

Yes! You can come whichever weekend day is most convenient for you.

 

I forgot to pick up my kit on my scheduled date, what should I do?

Life happens and we understand for some teachers it can be difficult to drive in to Seattle some days. Send us an email and let us know you want your kit. The kit is yours to use for the two-week period reserved for you, even if you are late for pick up.

 

What happens if I don't pick up my kit after a few days?

You will receive an email from us asking if you are still interested in the items. If we do not hear from you we will cancel your items and open them for other teachers to use.

 

I am finished with a kit earlier than I expected, can I drop it off early?

Yes! We really appreciate early drop offs especially during our busy periods. 

 

I forgot to bring back my materials on the return date! What should I do?

Email us (sep@fredhutch.org) or call us (206-667-4487) as soon as possible!

Remember sometimes we only have one day to repack a kit before it is scheduled to go out to the next classroom.

 

Can I have someone other than myself pick up/drop off a kit?

Yes, you can send someone else to pick up your materials. If you are doing so please make sure they know how to get into the building and everything that they are supposed to pick up (kit, freezer box, fridge box, etc). 

The same goes for drop offs. Please make sure they know how to drop off the materials and to send them with all the materials. 

Remote Learning Teacher Packs (REMOs) Details

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 Packs Available

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REMO Kit Packs Available:

All Current SEP kits, excluding the Fly Kit and Private Eye

  • Blue Light (2)
  • Chromatography (4)
  • DNA Extraction (4)
  • Elephant Trunk (all resources of current trunk; excludes gel electrophoresis equipment or reagents)
  • ELISA (4)
  • Gel Electrophoresis (Horizon) (4)
  • Gel Electrophoresis (MiniOne) (4)
  • Micropipet (4)
  • MiniPCR (2)
  • Transformation* (4)

REMO Supplies-Only Packs Available:

Include all consumables and reagents needed.

  • Chromatography
  • DNA Extraction
  • ELISA
  • Gel Electrophoresis 
  • PCR
  • Transformation*

REMO Model Packs Available:

  • B-Globin (the entire kit) (1)
  • DNA Model Comparison (the entire set) (2)
  • Glitter/Solutions and Dilutions (4)
  • Insulin (4)
  • Molymod (4)
  • Pizza (4)
  • Toobers (4)
  • Water (8)

*TRANSFORMATION NOTE: Transformation will require extra safety procedures

  • Teacher must have access to a lab (non-food) refrigerator
  • Teacher must have access to classroom to run the protocols and incubate the plates

Kit Use Guidelines

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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.

Kit Sanitation Guidelines

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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.

REMO Pack Sign Up Process

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NOTE: Because of limited staff days at the Hutch, please give us a minimum of two weeks’ advance notice so we can process your request.

Current days for Pick up and Drop Off of SEP items are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 5 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 the REMOTE LEARNING TEACHER PACK form:
To support teachers through remote learning for the 2021-2022 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.

Remote Learning Teacher Pack

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.

Remote Learning Teacher Packs Pick up and Drop off Information

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.

What are weekday access day/hours for picking up or dropping off items with SEP?

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Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What phone number do I use when contacting SEP once I arrive at the Hutch traffic circle?

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206.667.4487 – The direct line to the SEP Lab

What is the process for picking up a Teacher Pack?

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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.

What is the process for dropping off a Teacher Pack?

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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.

Can I drop off items if there is no answer on the SEP phone?

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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.

I was scheduled to pick up/drop off on Tuesday, but I missed my day. What do I do?

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Email SEP at sep@fredhutch.org immediately to reschedule a pick up/drop off for the following Thursday.

I was scheduled to pick up/drop off on Thursday, but I missed my day. What do I do?

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Email SEP at sep@fredhutch.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.

What if I can’t make the time window for either day?

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Please contact us and we will do our best to find a day/time that is convenient.

How thoroughly do I need to clean items before returning them?

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Please review the Remote Learning Teacher Pack Cleaning Guidelines.

Related Pages

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SEP Curriculum

Our free, open-source lessons and units are geared towards high school biotech and biology teachers and focus on giving students opportunities to explore biotechnology and the social dimensions of research science.

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SEP Teacher Sharing

We have set up a Google folder for teachers to share resources. 

  • The Google folder contains a several subfolders on SEP kit-related topics shared by SEP teachers. There is also a subfolder on CRISPR resources, videos, and lessons. 
  • Create new folders to add other resources you'd like to share but model the general structure in the CRISPR folder (for example, articles and videos are probably easiest to share in a hyperlinked document and SEP Teacher Lessons in their own folder).
  • Indicate your name on any lessons that you have developed.
Google Folder for Teacher Sharing