This Biotechnology Basics™ by Ellyn Daugherty is designed to teach students the basic principles of measuring small volumes (<500µl) using micropipettes. The kit is supplied with all the reagents to allow 8 groups of 4 students to learn about P-1000, P-200 or P-100 and P-20 or P-10 micropipettes and undertake a micropipetting challenge. If required kits can be ordered with a 1, 2, 4 or 8 sets of three micropipettes (P20, P200 and P1000).
Very tiny amounts of chemicals and biological reagents are used in many biotechnology experiments. To measure these minute volumes, technicians use micropipettes that measure microliter (μL) amounts. This activity introduces micropipetting technique. As with all fine motor skills, learning how to use a micropipette takes practice and determination. Students must be able to measure these very microliter volumes with accuracy.
Please refer to the Product Protocol for additional equipment needed.