Whether determining the distance to a faraway star or weighing the correct dose of a drug for a test subject, accurate and precise measurements are a critical part of any scientific investigation. In your kitchen, you might make accurate and precise measurements using tools like measuring cups and measuring spoons. When scientists need to accurately measure small volumes of liquid, they use a tool called a micropipette. Prepare for your future career in the lab and become a micropipette expert by completing the included activities:
Micropipetting practice: This is the first step on your way to becoming a micropipette expert. Practice precisely measuring and mixing small volumes using a pipette practice card and colored dyes.
Gel loading practice: Next, learn the art of loading an electrophoresis gel, a critical tool in the molecular biology lab. Instead of the agarose gel you might encounter in the lab, you’ll use a sturdy, reusable silicone practice gel.
Micropipette art: Finally, put your micropipetting skills to the test and employ your creativity to create micropipette masterpieces. Afterwards, share your artwork with us on Instagram for a chance to win a prize!
Micropipetting @home: Microliter madness includes:
- 1 Reusable pipette practice cards
- 1 Reusable silicone practice gels
- Blue, yellow, and red micropipetting practice dyes (5 ml each)
- 3 Petri dishes
- 20 Micropipette tips (200 μl)
- Micropipette art patterns
- Activity guide
All materials can be stored at room temperature.
* Micropipettes not included, available as add-on items.
To get started, we encourage you to watch our ‘How to Micropipette’ video: