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  • Casper Fish™ Genetics Your students will probably never forget the genetics concepts they learn using this transparent zebra fish. Discover how the Casper Fish™—available exclusively from Carolina—was developed and the genetics behind the research that made it happen. View »
  • Population Genetics and Evolution: Asking the Right Questions AP® Biology: It’s a question of shifting population genetics! Apply the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium model with Wisconsin Fast Plants® and independent student research. See a sample student question sheet from our featured kit’s activities. View »
  • Plant Biodiversity Field Activity This field activity introduces students to biodiversity through the study of plants and animals in a designated area. But here’s the twist—instead of using a quadrat to designate the area of study, students use a Hula Hoop® instead. View »
  • Using Planarian Reproduction as a Path to Hands-On Inquiry Learning When can you divide something and have 2 whole "somethings" left? To answer that question, engage your class with a study of how planarians regenerate when split into anterior and posterior halves. Students design and execute an experiment about this reproductive strategy. View »
  • It's Summer Break but My Classroom Is Alive! It’s the end of the school year and your classroom is filled with critters in your aquarium, terrarium, or petri dishes. What do you do with them over summer break? View »
  • Carolina Quick Tips: Dogfish Shark Dissection Dissecting a dogfish shark allows students to develop their dissection and observation skills, identify major external and internal features of the shark, understand form and function, and gain a better understanding of vertebrate and fish anatomy. View »
  • Answering Questions about Mammalian Reproductive Cycles What does it mean to “breed like rabbits”? Answering your students’ questions about mating and reproduction can be challenging. Understanding the concepts of mammalian reproduction is key for broader discussions of evolution, biodiversity, ecology, and animal behavior. View »
  • Pill Bug Behavior This activity is an introduction to animal behavior. Students conduct an experiment to test the response of pill bugs (Armadillidium vulgare) to conditions of low and high humidity. View »
  • Easy Variation and Natural Selection Lessons with Wisconsin Fast Plants® Seed Disks Explore a technique that makes teaching variation and natural selection lessons with Fast Plants® easier than ever. In this activity, students examine the effects an abiotic environmental change (salinity) has on an experimental plot of Fast Plants®. Includes detailed background information and instructions. View »
  • Copying Nature’s Success: Teaching Students About Biomimetics Ready to create a model home that draws on biomimetics? In this activity, students research, design, and build structures that incorporate ideas inspired by the natural world. View »
  • Bees at School Bradley James, co-owner of Beepods, explains the benefits of keeping bees at school. Learn about the buzz, and why bees are the perfect organism to engage students and promote hands-on learning. View »
  • V-Scope Explorer: Butterfly Life Cycle Video This virtual lab simulates the operation of actual laboratory equipment and replicates experimental lab experiences online. View »