BABEC supports the following curricula with professional development, reagents and some equipment. Extensive equipment support is available through the local partnerships. Developed and tested in-house, these curricula meet and, in some cases, exceed the recommendations of the National Science Education Standards and the State of California Science Standards. Students model the scientific method: they hypothesize, experiment, collect and analyze their data, and support their conclusions with evidence, all in the context of contemporary issues in biotechnology.

To read more about any of our curricula or download student PDF files, please select from the menu on the left or click on a link below. Registered and authenticated teachers are allowed downloads of teacher files upon login.

PCR-based lab activities

  • Alu PV92 PCR* - Introduces students to PCR, issues of identity and issues of privacy.

  • D1S80 VNTR PCR* - Students use the VNTR locus D1S80 for human identification.
  • GMO PCR* - Students test their food or plants for genetically modified elements.
  • Lambda PCR* - PCR amplification of a segment of bacteriophage Lambda DNA.

  • MtDNA PCR/Sequencing* - Students use mitochondrial DNA and sequencing as a molecular clock.

  • PCR Optimization* - Students learn how experimental variables affect the polymerase chain reaction.

  • Wolbachia PCR* - Students test insects for the presence of a parasitic, feminizing bacteria.

Fluorescent protein-based lab activities

Forensic Science

  • Forensic Science* - This group of labs and resources investigates how to assess and scientifically evaluate the evidence at a crime scene.

C. elegans Labs

  • C. elegans Labs* - Students use the model organism, C. elegans, in a series of experiments to meet the worms, study chemotaxis, and observe the effects of alcohol.

*Curricula marked with an asterisk are available for download in PDF file format.