Texas Tech University

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

Elementary Electronics

Students practice building circuits using light bulbs, speakers, or motors. Students identify and discuss key circuit vocabulary through inquiry-based activities and games. The kit concludes with an Evaluation activity during which your students "interview" for a position at CISER Electronics!

Schools who have recently used this lab:

Crestview Elementary
Denver City Elementary
Dupre Elementary
Lamesa North Elementary
North Ridge Elementary
O'Donnell Schools
Plainview ISD
Willow Bend
Wilson ISD