Micropipet Kit

Explore how to move very small volumes of liquid (measred in microliters, µl, or 1/1000th of a milliliters) using a micropipet. Micropipetting very small metric volumes is essential for working with DNA samples, reagents, and enzymes. 
Illustration of a micropipette and tips
Illustration by Regina Wu

Kit Descriptions

This kit contains 4 sets of micropipettes of varying sizes (P10, P20, P200, P1000) and practice solutions, allowing students to compare different volumes measured with different micropipets.SEP has 3 Micropipet Kits.

  • Each kit has 1 crate
  • 8 micropipets of each volume range
  • All consumables necessary (tips, tubes, etc)
  • Labs are designed for 8 groups of 4 students (32 students total). Make sure to tell us if your class is significantly different in size

Kit #1: Ulster

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 Ranges: P10, P20, P200, P1000

Measure For Measure Student Guide for Gilson/Rainin and Ulster Micropipets.

Two page diagram to help students understand how to adjust volume, distinguish between pipets, and visualize the "stops".

Quiz to assess understanding of the different pipet sizes, amounts, and displays

Kit #2: Oxford

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 Ranges: P10, P100, P1000

Measure for Measure student guide for the Oxford Pipet set with P10, P20, P200, and P1000 micropipets.

Measure of Measure student guides for the Oxford Pipet Set with P10, P100, and P1000 micropipets.

Two page diagram to help students understand how to adjust volume, distinguish between pipets, and visualize the "stops".

Quiz to assess understanding of the different pipet sizes, amounts, and displays.

Kits #3 and #4: Gilson/Rainin

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 Ranges: P10, P20, P200, P1000


Measure For Measure Student Guide for Gilson/Rainin and Ulster Micropipets.

Two page diagram to help students understand how to adjust volume, distinguish between pipets, and visualize the "stops".

Quiz to assess understanding of the different pipet sizes, amounts, and displays.

Curriculum and Units Supported by the Micropipet Kit

close up of hands micropipetting

Intro to Micropipetting

In this lesson, students are introduced to micropipetting. They will explore the 2-stops on a micropipet, the various ranges of different micropipets, and how to read and adjust the volume.

Kit Sign Up Process

NOTE: Please give us a minimum of two weeks’ advance notice so we can process your 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: 

3: Confirmation Email: Once we have your items scheduled we will send a preliminary email summarizing your items and dates for pick up and drop off. 

Videos and Virtual Labs

Extra Activities & Resources

Interactive Lab to Learn Pipetting
From BioNetwork. Select an avatar who will be the new quality assurance professional at a biotech company. Check out the pipetting techniques of staff and coach their performance.

Micropipet: Win or Fail? (Powerpoint)
This Powerpoint has animated GIFs and images from popular TV shows and movies. Run through this and decide whether the actors are using good or bad technique.

Pipet by Numbers or Pipet Pointillism is a fun way to learn micropipetting skills using acrylic paints. This activity was developed by the World Biotech Tour.

The Finn Micropipets are not used in any of the micropipet kits, but here is a reference for teachers using Gel #12 or borrowing extra pipets.