SSI Activities

What is included in each locker?


  • Dissecting microscopes (**requires pickup or a simultaneous classroom visit):
  • Mosquito Hatcheries (will need for 2-4 weeks, indicate start and end dates in comments): 

Other Wet Lab Kits:

  • Pipetting by design: 

Activity Kits:

  • Beadle plasticus evolution (Science Take-Out kit): 
  • What is it? Dichotomous key (Science Take-Out kit): 
  • From DNA to Protein Structure and Function (Science Take out Kit): What do genes do? Model how the coded information in genes results in proteins that perform specific functions in the body. Transcribe the DNA code to make a messenger RNA code. Translate the RNA code to make a sequence of amino acids in a protein. Create a bead and chenille stem model of the protein. Follow the “rules of chemistry” to fold your protein into its 3D shape. Explore how protein shapes affect proteins function in your body. Includes all components (up to 15 student groups)
  • Medical Mystery of Epidemic Proportions – Cholera (Revised Science Take-Out kit)
  • Stem Cells (Science Take-Out kit): What’s the difference between adult and embryonic stem cells? How do you make an embryonic stem cell line? How are stem cells and growth factors used to treat diseases. Sequence pictures of the steps used to create an embryonic stem cell line. Use simulated stem cells and growth factors to learn how stem cells differentiate into specialized cell types. I
  • Diagnosing Diabetes (Science Take-Out kit):Analyze simulated blood plasma samples collected during a glucose tolerance test to determine if your patient has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Create a patient information sheet about diabetes and the glucose tolerance test. Test and graph glucose and insulin levels in simulated blood plasma samples. Analyze the test results to determine if the patient has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. 
  • Disease Detectives (Science Take-Out kit): What is wrong with Mike? Could it be viral or bacterial meningitis? Perform simulated laboratory testing of cerebrospinal fluid to determine which disease is causing the patient’s fever and severe headache. Explore the importance of vaccinations to prevent meningitis.
  • The Great Clade Race: Using a leg race analogy, build a phylogeny using “runner” cards in order to demonstrate the acquisition of traits over evolutionary time.
  • Mobile Phylogeny Activity: Using 16 animal cards, build a phylogeny using various craft supplies in order to understand the branching nature of the tree of life. Includes pipe cleaners, yarn, clothes pins, scissors, etc.

Curriculum Kits:

  • Chewing on Change: Exploring the Evolution of Horses in Response to Climate Change Kit: Explore horse evolution through the investigation of horse teeth. Includes laminated horse cards, 3D printed horse teeth, sliding calipers, laminated photos of horse teeth, and measuring tape for geologic time scale activity.
  • Hands on Human Evolution: A Laboratory Based Approach Kit: Explore human evolution through lab based activities that focus on trends seen within the primate order while also using multiple lines of evidence to make conclusions. Includes laminated chromosomes, amino acid sequences and DNA base pair sequences along with casts of hominid species.
  • Whale Evolution Kit: Includes plastic whale models and laminated fossil cards.

Books, ID cards, games, movies, etc.:

  • Mosquito ID – ID cardsDVDbloodsucking pests books
  • Forest Pathogen ID cards:
  • Giant Microbes: