Mobile Laboratory Activities

Learning Undefeated’s curriculum includes laboratory activities appropriate for a variety of classes ranging from basic biology and chemistry to AP biology, physics, technology, and environmental science.

All activities are focused on problem-based learning with real-world applications that align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Maryland Science Content Standards, and Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS). Activities include common bioscience techniques such as DNA extraction and agarose gel electrophoresis, and relevant themes such as alternative fuels, bioengineering, and crime scene investigation.

Biodiesel Lab
high school / advanced

In this activity, your students will perform an acid/base titration to determine the molarity of free fatty acids in a waste vegetable oil solution. Learn More >

Focus: Chemistry, organic chemistry

Grade(s): 10 – 12

Time: 60 – 70 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland.

Case of the Broken Beaker
high school / advanced

In this lab, students will use restriction enzymes and agarose gel electrophoresis to create a genetic profile. Learn more >

Focus: Genetics, forensics

Grade(s): 9 – 12

Time: 70 – 90 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland.

Change Your Perspective
high & middle school / beginner

In this activity, students will use a Samsung VR headset to experience a VR landscape and then be challenged to think critically about how they can use VR technology in a professional setting. Learn more >

Grade(s): 6 – 12

Focus: Computer Science, Biology, Physics

Time: 40-55 minutes

Currently offered in Texas.

DNA Extraction
middle school / basic

In this activity, students will extract DNA from a plant to determine whether or not it’s fruit is biotic. Learn more >

Focus: Cell biology, scientific method

Grade(s): 6 – 8

Time: 55 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland and Texas.

It's All in your Head
high school / intermediate

In this inquiry based activity, your students will discover the mechanics and symptoms of concussions, test and evaluate current wearable concussion sensors, and walk away with a better understanding of how future technologies can make athletic play safer. Learn more >

Focus: Health, Engineering, Biology, Neuroscience

Grade(s): 6 – 12

Time: 45-60 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland and Texas.

Looking Into Lactase
high school / intermediate

In this activity, students explore enzymatic activity by investigating the mechanism behind lactose intolerance. Learn more >

Focus: Cell biology, physiology, macromolecules

Grade(s): 9 – 12

Time: 60 – 70 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland and Texas.

Micropipette Challenge
middle school / basic

In this lab, students work with small amounts of liquid to create a visible spectrum. Students will also learn how to carefully read and follow a scientific protocol, as well as gain experience working with units in the metric system. Learn more >

Focus: Laboratory tools, Laboratory skills, Metric system, Following a protocol

Grade(s): 6 – 8

Time: 45 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland and Texas.

Mystery of the Crooked Cell
middle & high school / intermediate

Mystery of the Crooked Cell is an activity developed by Learning Undefeated to help students explore genetic diseases and tracing genetics through the use of Punnett squares and gel electrophoresis. Learn more >

Focus: Genetics, human diseases, cell biology, physiology

Grade(s): 7 – 10

Time: 50 – 60 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland.

Parasite Predicament
high school / advanced

Students who participate in the companion laboratory activity onboard the mobile lab will learn how to complete an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in order to determine whether or not their patient has contracted the malaria parasite. Learn more >

Focus: Immunology, Biochemistry

Grade(s):  10 – 12

Time: 45-60 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland.

Transformation
high school / advanced

Transformation is an activity created by Learning Undefeated to help students explore the process of moving genes from one organism to another using genetic transformation. This lab also explores the use of the scientific method. Learn more >

Focus: Genetics, recombinant DNA technology, microbiology

Grade(s): 10 – 12

Time: 40 – 60 minutes (plus overnight incubation)

Currently offered in Maryland.

Wildlife Forensics
high school / intermediate

In this lab, students will compare the DNA fragment(s) in a sample of DNA from a package of fins to great white and porbeagle shark DNA controls to determine if your unidentified fin is from a great white shark. Learn more >

Focus: Genetics, forensics, environmental science

Grade(s): 6 – 12

Time: 55 – 70 minutes

Currently offered in Maryland and Texas.