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Available Labs

Welcome to the CISER Traveling Labs page. Below is a description of each of our available labs suitable for middle school, high school, and university courses.  Teacher training can be provided individually or in groups. We are also working with Region 17 Education Service Center to host teacher workshops. Please contact Heather Coats for more information about our labs.

Biotechnology - DNA Electrophoresis

Bring current biotechnology to the science classroom. Our Biotechnology Traveling Lab offers 2 different options for the science classroom.   All options contain many of the same activities such as extracting  DNA, building DNA models and conducting forensic analysis of DNA fragments from gel pictures.   When requesting this lab, teachers must indicate which one of the two options they prefer.
  1. Crime Scene - Bring CSI to the classroom as a means to help students better understand DNA and its uses in society.  The teacher sets up a crime scene and students run DNA samples to determine the guilty suspect. DNA simulating a victim and 3 suspects is provided.
  2. Forensic Analysis: King Tut - the newest addition to the biotechnology labs.  Using clips from the amazing new video, King Tut Unwrapped, students will unravel mysteries surrounding this young pharaoh.  Through  DNA electrophoresis lab activities, students will determine which pharaoh was King Tut’s father, in addition to determining the relationship of  King Tut to other mummies.  Students learn about the mummification process and perform an intriguing “preservation experiment.”  They will also engage in math activities with bone ratios and building tools, a geocaching activity involving hieroglyphics and completion of a pedigree chart for King Tut.  DNA will be provided for two activities: 
    • 1) Who is Tut’s Father?   
    •  Mitochondrial DNA Question.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Abernathy High School
Andrews High School
Brownfield Middle School
Cavazos Junior High School
Christ the King School
Colleyville Heritage High School
Coronado High School
Denver City High School
Estacado High School
Frenship High School
Frenship ISD
Frenship Reese AEP
Guthrie
Guthrie CSD
guthrie high school
Hutchinson Junior High School
Idalou High School
Lamesa High School
Levelland High School
Littlefield High School
Lockney High School
Lubbock Cooper High School
Lubbock Cooper Middle School
Lubbock-Cooper High School
Mackenzie Junior High
Matthews Alternative High School
Monterey High School
Muleshoe High School
New Deal High School
New Home High School
O'Donnell Schools
Patton Springs
Petersburg High School
Plainview High School
Plainview ISD
Post High School
Ralls Elementary
Ralls High School
Richard Milburn Academy
Shallowater High School
Slaton High School
Sudan High School
Sundown High School
Tahoka Middle School
Talkington School For Young Women Leaders
Texas Tech University
Trinity Christian School
TTU/HHMI

Body Systems - Case by Case: An Investigation of Human Body Systems

Engage students in a role-playing activity to learn about the eleven body systems.  As interns they study the symptoms of assigned patients in an emergency room setting.  Students are challenged to determine which diagnostic tests to run, in addition to learning the normal values for each of these tests.  Activities include blood typing (artificial blood), lung function testing, blood pressure monitoring, bone dissection, suture technique and examination of  X-rays.  At the conclusion of the lab, each student group gives a presentation, explaining their patient’s symptoms, diagnostic test results, and prognosis.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Abernathy High School
Andrews High School
Brownfield High School
Cavazos Junior High School
Christ the King School
Denver City High School
Dunbar Middle School Math/Science Academy
Frenship High School
Frenship ISD
Frenship Reese AEP
Lamesa High School
Lamesa Middle School
Levelland High School
Levelland Middle School
Lubbock Christian School
Lubbock Cooper High School
Lubbock ISD
Lubbock-Cooper High School
Mackenzie Junior High
Matthews Alternative High School
O'Donnell Schools
Patton Springs
Plainview High School
Plainview ISD
Post High School
Ralls High School
Richard Milburn Academy
Sands CISD
Sudan High School
Sundown High School
Tahoka High School
Texas Tech University

CPO-Force and Motion

Make physics concepts related to force and motion come alive in your classroom with this lab.  Newton’s laws will have more meaning with engaging applications.  Cars and ramps, roller coasters, a marble launcher, and pendulums make this traveling lab fun and exciting.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Cavazos Junior High School
Coronado High School
Denver City High School
Dunbar Middle School Math/Science Academy
Evans Junior High
Floydada
floydada high school
floydada hs
Frenship High School
Frenship Junior High School
Hutchinson Junior High School
Idalou High School
Levelland Middle School
Lockney High School
Lubbock Cooper High School
Lubbock Cooper Middle School
Lubbock-Cooper High School
Matthews Alternative High School
Monterey High School
O'Donnell Schools
Petersburg High School
Rise Academy
RISE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Shallowater Middle School
Slaton Junior High
Sudan High School
Sundown High School
Tahoka Middle School
Texas Tech
Texas Tech University
Wellman-Union ISD

CPO-Simple Machines

Challenge students to calculate and understand the concept of mechanical advantage of simple machines through actual experiences.  The CPO nationally recognized equipment is a favorite in classrooms.  Materials include ropes with pulleys and gears with levers that allow students to discover concepts related to simple machines.  The lab comes ready for your students to engage in a hands-on learning experience.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Cavazos Junior High School
Coronado High School
Denver City High School
Dunbar Middle School Math/Science Academy
Evans Junior High
Frenship High School
Frenship Junior High School
Hutchinson Junior High School
Idalou Middle School
Lockney High School
Lubbock Cooper High School
Lubbock Cooper Middle School
Lubbock ISD
Matthews Alternative High School
Monterey High School
Muleshoe High School
O'Donnell Schools
Petersburg High School
RISE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Shallowater High School
Sudan High School
Sundown High School
Tahoka Middle School
Texas Tech University
Watson JH
Watson Junior High

Geology - Our Changing Earth

Challenge students to apply higher level thinking skills as they engage in relevant, motivating earth science topics. They observe and analyze patterns from data and models to draw evidence for topics specified in state and national standards. Our exciting new earth science activities require students to think like scientists as they work with maps, manipulatives and technology applications to draw evidence for plate tectonics. Students also map earthquakes on real time and generate computer models of volcanoes formed under different conditions. They analyze computer images of minerals at the molecular level to derive a hardness scale based on images and formation, prior to actual testing. Students construct and analyze topography maps using models. The activities are designed to cover standards in grades 6-8 and can be modified for high school level Earth and Space Science.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Cavazos Junior High School
Frenship Junior High School
Frenship Middle School
Idalou Middle School
Jackson Elementary
Levelland Middle School
Lubbock Cooper North Elementary
Lubbock-Cooper North Primary
Mackenzie Junior High
Monterey High School
O. L. Slaton
O'Donnell Schools
Patton Springs
Ralls Elementary
Shallowater Middle School
Slaton Junior High
Trinity Christian School
Wellman-Union ISD
Westwind Elementary

Green Engineering - Make it Greener

Assign students the task of finding a greener method for cleaning a contaminated water source to meet EPS drinking-water standards.  In this project-based-learning application, students design systems to remove colloids, larger particles and microbes from polluted water. Activities guide them through an understanding of applications, but they are charged with designing a system and adding a green element.  Equipment includes an industrial quality stirring apparatus (industrial quality used at water treatment plants), an incubator, agar plates, pipettes, UV light apparatus, and chemicals including bleach and alum.  Teachers will need to provide sand, gravel, rocks and 3-L soda bottles for filters.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Cavazos Junior High School
Lamesa High School

It's Elemental! - A Chemistry Traveling Lab

Students learn about elements, compounds and the basics of the Periodic Table in this investigative laboratory series. Students test nine common household substances to determine the composition of a “mystery mixture” of two of the substances. Students will analyze the compounds for elements and learn about the chemical formula and its meaning. Students build atoms from the nucleus up and gain understanding of reactivity, simple bonding, and shared element group characteristics through interactive class activities. Finally, students take on the role of scientist and learn to identify elements based on density, and then how to categorize metals, nonmetals, and metalloids on the basis of appearance, malleability, conductivity, and reactivity.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Idalou High School

Microscopy - Biology of Disaster Relief

Engage students in a role-playing scenario as volunteer s with the Youth Relief Corps in Southeast Asia following a tsunami.  They must identify the infectious agent connected to an outbreak of disease in a refugee camp.  Activities include an outbreak simulation to determine “patient zero,” streaking bacterial plates, identifying bacterial shapes and arrangements, performing a Gram stain on bacteria samples and determining bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics using the Kirby-Bauer test.   

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Abernathy High School
Cavazos Junior High School
Denver City High School
Dunbar Middle School Math/Science Academy
Frenship High School
Hutchinson Junior High School
Idalou High School
Lamesa High School
Levelland High School
Lubbock Cooper Middle School
Lubbock-Cooper High School
Monterey High School
New Deal High School
New Home High School
O'Donnell Schools
Petersburg High School
Plainview High School
Post High School
Shallowater High School
Sundown High School

Miscellaneous Equipment

CISER is continuing to improve and expand support for our area teachers. Toward this goal, we have made it possible for teachers to request specific items, not normally bundled togrther in a Travelling Lab. This Miscellaneous Equipment option allows teachers to borrow select pieces of equipment, rather than entire Travelling Labs, for use with science fair projects, special labs, etc.
 
Special Requirements: Contact heather.coats@ttu.edu for exact equipment you are requesting.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Abernathy High School
Christ the King School
Dawson High School
floydada hs
Frenship High School
Lorenzo Schools
Lubbock High School
O'Donnell Schools
Ralls High School
Sundown High School
Trinity Christian School

PASCO Equipment

Choose from our large selection of PASCO sensors and Explorer GLX’s.  This equipment is checked out on a “piece-by-piece” basis rather than being bundled together in a trunk.  All teachers who have received PASCO training with us are eligible to check out this equipment. Teachers will be able to individualize their requests for the equipment by indicating which sensors and probeware they want.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Christ the King School
Denver City High School
Sundown High School
TTU College of Education

Plants - The Spectrum

This newly redesigned lab looks at plant adaptations both macroscopically and microscopically.  The germination requirements of Arabidopsis thaliana are investigated along with NPK values of soils and commercial fertilizers.  Digital spectrophotometers are used to determine the absorption spectrum of chlorophyll and accessory pigments. Students are challenged to evaluate promotional claims about “all natural” herbal remedies and the new microscopy protocol enables students to view plant tissue without the fuss of a microtome or multiple stains.  Students learn how to write a taxonomic key and then use one to determine the names of gymnosperms.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Cavazos Junior High School
Denver City High School
Floydada
floydada h.s.
Frenship High School
Lamesa High School
Littlefield High School
Lubbock Cooper High School
Lubbock-Cooper High School
Lubbock-Cooper North Primary
Matthews Alternative High School
Monterey High School
New Deal High School
New Home High School
O'Donnell Schools
Patton Springs
Petersburg High School
Plainview High School
Plainview ISD
Post High School
Ralls High School
south plains academy
Sundown High School
Tahoka Middle School
Texas Tech University
TTU/HHMI

Water Chemistry

Explore water quality with this traveling lab prepared for on-site applications.  The kit includes pre-measured test chemicals to determine the quality of different water sources and allows students to make predictions about the water’s environmental impact.   Digital titrators, which make titrations a breeze, are used in the tests for dissolved oxygen, hardness, chloride and carbon dioxide.  Other tests include nitrate, ammonia, nitrite and pH.  Activities that will engage and challenge students to problem solve include “Hard Water Bubble Trouble” and “Farmer Frank.”  A wonderful teacher demonstration, “Contamination in the Parts Per Billion,” helps students visualize what ppb really means.  In another activity students enjoy the dramatization of the “Water Drop Water Cycle” as they move around the room from station to station.

Schools who have recently used this lab:

All Saints School
Bastrop High School
Bovina ISD
Cavazos Junior High School
Christ the King School
Frenship High School
Idalou Middle School
Levelland High School
Lubbock Cooper High School
Lubbock Cooper Middle School
Lubbock High School
Lubbock-Cooper High School
Monterey High School
New Home High School
O'Donnell Schools
Olton High School
Olton ISD
Olton Schools
Patton Springs
Plainview High School
Plainview ISD
Post High School
Shallowater High School
Tahoka Middle School
Texas Tech University
Watson JH

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CISER: Center for the Integration of STEM Education & Research