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Lab-Aids Applied Science Concept kits and modules, our CASE material packages, and SEPUP products address key agriscience and STEM content through relevant  real-world issues. This approach both motivates students and enhances understanding, while preparing them for critical thinking in college, career, and life. 
With Lab-Aids students have the opportunity to experience agriscience by using: 

  • inquiry strategies to collect and process scientific evidence.
  • evidence to make informed decisions and evaluate trade offs.
  • real-world issues that encourage development of analytical trade-offs and
  • critical thinking.
  • innovative methods for integrating science, mathematics, literacy, and technology.
  • STEM problem-solving skills.
  • materials that illustrate agriscience’s important role in a sustainable future.

View a Sampling of our Kits and Modules

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Where Lab-Aids® got its start

Lab-Aids® started producing kits over 50 years ago in an effort to provide teachers with everything needed for thoughtful, hands-on activities to approach difficult concepts. 

Kits are a cost-effective way to teach content that is hard, rife with misconceptions, or just boring. These hands-on labs will energize your classroom.

57

years Lab-Aids has been making kits

1-3

activities per kit

What you get

A teacher's guide, student sheets with procedures and formative assessments, and equipment all come organized in a single box.

Kits are perfect for

Educators looking to bring life to a single concept and/or fill in gaps where their current curriculum is lacking to meet all their standards will find the perfect match in one of our hundreds of options.

Ongoing support from

Curriculum specialists and a team of product managers are always here to help with any questions.

Simulated Veterinary Urinalysis Investigation

Kit #4A

Since the number one career choice is “to be a veterinarian,” your students will be engaged with this kit as they analyze simulated dog urine and use the results to help diagnose the health of several dogs.

Students learn and practice the procedures used in urinalysis and observe how various reagents react with substances in the urine. Students test simulated urine samples for pH, density, glucose, phosphates and chlorides.

Enough supplies are provided for 30 students.

Kit 4A Teacher Guide  |  Kit 4A Student Sheet

Biofuels: Investigating Ethanol Production and Combustion (Developed by SEPUP)

Kit #39S

This activity includes three major parts.

 

  • Investigation One - is a demonstration of the fermentation of corn and cane sugar, the two food sources used most commonly to produce ethanol, and the distillation of the fermented stillage to produce fuel
  • Investigation Two - students investigate the energy released by the combustion of ethanol and kerosene and compares the results
  • Investigation Three - students measure and compare two by-products - CO2 and particulate matter - of the two fuels. Students compare results and discuss the trade-offs of bio-fuels and fossil fuels as sources of energy

Organically Grown? (Testing for Simulated Pesticide Residue)

Kit #321

In this investigation, students will use a chemical test in order to determine whether fruit samples have been treated for any simulated pesticides. Based on their test results they grapple with the further question of which sample(s) could potentially be marketed as organic.

Simulated ABO Blood Typing

Kit #1-S

Simulated blood typing kit lets students practice ABO blood typing while avoiding the risks associated with real blood. The clumping of simulated blood cells by corresponding simulated antibodies is done through chemical precipitation. Students observe the antigen-antibody relations of artificial bloods and sera. No human or animal blood or blood products are used because the reactions are based on chemical solubility. This "health-risk-free" kit comes complete for 60 students.

Simulating Threshold Effects of Soil pH on Hydrangea Plants

Kit #320

In this simulation activity, students model how hydrangea plants are affected by soil pH. Agricultural lime (mostly CaCO3) is often used to adjust soil pH. Soil pH is a factor that influences the color of hydrangea flowers and the health of the plant. Below a positive threshold pH, hydrangea flowers are blue, above this threshold dose flowers are pink, and higher doses, above the negative threshold amount, cause health problems.


The use of a simulation allows students to add “agricultural lime” to each “plant” and then immediately observe the “plant’s reaction.” Students use the data obtained from the simulation to determine the positive and negative threshold doses for “agricultural lime.” They also reflect upon the results to decide whether they have sufficient data to make a recommendation for an optimal amount of lime to use if you want to produce healthy plants with pink flowers.

Comparing the Energy Efficiency of Different Light Bulbs (Developed by SEPUP)

Kit #206RS

Students apply their understanding of the concepts of energy transfer and transformation to compare the efficiencies of two different types of light bulbs. They compare the amount of thermal energy transferred by a small incandescent bulb and a small LED bulb. They use their measurements to calculate the efficiency of the bulbs to produce light by measuring how much “wasted” thermal energy is “lost.” They also compare “lifetime” costs for different types of bulbs and consider the trade-offs involved when deciding which type of bulb to purchase.

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A month of perfectly planned programming

A targeted, cost-effective way to have students engage in science and engineering practices and encourage student-led discussion around a specific real-life issue.

Issues are carefully selected to provide student motivation and context for the science content. Each issue must be engaging to diverse students, be sustainable over time, and require an understanding of important concepts and processes in order to make evidence based decisions. 

150 +

students can be taught with most modules

6-20

Activities built into each module

What you get

A teacher's guide with student sheets and visual aids, assessment support, and all the equipment needed to run the activities come in 1-3 organized boxes.

Modules are perfect for

Educators looking to cover multiple concepts in relevant context while engaging students in actual science and engineering practices are sure to find modules that fit their needs.

Ongoing support from

Curriculum specialists and a team of product managers are here to help whenever needed.

Groundwater Contamination: Trouble in Fruitvale (Developed by SEPUP)

Module #FV-2

Exploring earth science concepts such as the water cycle, map making and interpretation, and groundwater pollution is the objective of this module. These concepts are used in an investigation of groundwater contamination in the fictional city of Fruitvale. Students design and carry out a plan for testing water from different parts of the city to determine the contamination’s source, severity, extent, and rate of travel. The data is then used to analyze the risk to Fruitvale’s water supply. Finally, the students read about several clean-up options and participate in a role-play of a town meeting to decide which clean-up option to use.

Investigating Alternative Energy: Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (Developed by SEPUP)

Module #P310

This six activity module focuses on hydrogen fuel cell technology as one potential solution to energy concerns. Students first consider some trade-offs of using various fuels, including hydrogen, for powering vehicles then use an electrolyzer to produce hydrogen (and oxygen) gas from water that is then used to generate electricity with a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. They explore the redox reaction with a model and a computer simulation, measure the efficiency of the fuel cell, and use all their gathered knowledge to address whether hydrogen fuel cells are an appropriate source of energy for buses.

Investigating Food Safety (Developed by SEPUP)

Module #FS-2

Consumers’ concerns over food safety are broad. They range from worries over the possibility of Salmonella poisoning to questions about pesticide residues on produce. This module introduces some of the issues associated with food safety. Students first explore food-borne illness as they investigate the growth of yeast, a common fungus that is used to model other effects of pathogenic microorganisms. They examine the different chemical additives, and their use in preventing microbial growth. Students then explore how chemical additives can be used to slow the oxidation of fresh fruit and to enhance the nutrient content of foods.


They also learn how foods can be tested for the presence of chemical residues, such as pesticides. Finally, the students evaluate the use of different food preservation techniques, which are intended to improve food safety. The embedded assessment system focuses on students’ ability to use evidence and identify trade-offs.

Investigating Wastewater Solutions and Pollution (Developed by SEPUP)

Module #SP-2

The central focus of this foundation module is the vital role chemicals play in our lives. Our opinions about chemicals are based on knowledge and attitudes. What do we really know about chemicals and what are the factors that affect our attitudes toward them?

In the opening sequence, survey research techniques are used to help students analyze what they know and think about chemicals and their chemical use. Next, they examine the unique properties of water that make it such a useful solvent. Students then apply basic concepts such as acid/base properties and neutralization, as they devise a plan to treat a solution of dilute acid rinse wastes from an electroplating plant.

Prepare your students for the jobs of tomorrow, from agriculture to healthcare and other sciences. Lab-Aids has kits, modules, and full-year curriculum to help you create engaging  hands-on and real-world learning opportunities. 

We've never been "just kits"

Hands-on learning is more than playing with science equipment.

When students are fully-engaged in a task, they are actively doing, actively thinking and actively discussing. While hands are engaged, minds are questioning, sorting through input, and making connections. 

CASE Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant (ASP) Materials Package

CASE-M001B

This materials package supports The Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant™ course was developed by CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) and is one of the five foundational courses within the CASE™ sequence. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in plant science so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. Students will work in teams, exploring hands-on projects and activities, to learn the characteristics of plant science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists, such as horticulturalists, agronomists, greenhouse and nursery mangers and producers, and plant research specialists face in their respective careers. The materials package includes enough material for 20 students. This is the LAB-AIDS equipment as specified by CASE.

CASE curriculum and laboratory instructions are NOT included in this kit and are only available through course certification at a CASE Institute.

CASE Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal (ASA) Materials Package

CASE-M002B

This materials package supports The Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal course developed by CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) is one of five foundational courses within the CASE™ sequence. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in animal science so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, or industry personnel face in their respective careers. The materials package includes enough material for 20 students. This is the LAB-AIDS equipment as specified by CASE.

CASE curriculum and laboratory instructions are NOT included in this kit and are only available through course certification at a CASE Institute.

CASE Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Materials Package

CASE-M003A

This materials package supports the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) course by CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education). It is the introductory course designed to introduce students to the four pathways offered through CASE. In addition to a brief overview of animal science, plant science, natural resources, and agricultural technology and systems, students will explore the National FFA, leadership, and science in agriculture. The materials package includes enough material for 20 students. This is the LAB-AIDS equipment as specified by CASE.

CASE curriculum and laboratory instructions are NOT included in this kit and are only available through course certification at a CASE Institute.

Agricultural Power and Technology

CASE-M004A

This materials package supports the Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) course developed by CASE™ (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education). APT is one of five foundational courses within the CASE sequence. Students are immersed in inquiry-based exercises filled with activities, projects, and problems that focus upon the form and function of material, machines, and tools used in agriculture. Students will apply technical skill while becoming competent in the process that is used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment. This materials package contains LAB-AIDS equipment as specified by CASE and includes enough material for 20 students.

CASE curriculum and laboratory instructions are NOT included in this kit and are only available through course certification at a CASE Institute.

CASE Environmental Science Issues (ESI) Materials

CASE ESI

These materials support the Environmental Science Issues (ESI) course by CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education). The quantities suggested provide enough material for 20 students. This is the Lab-Aids equipment as specified by CASE.

Environmental Science Issues is a specialization course in the CASE Program of Study. Students will complete hands-on activities, projects, and problems that simulate actual concepts and situations found in the environmental science field, allowing students to build content knowledge and technical skills. Students will investigate areas of environmental science including ecosystem management, sustainable agriculture, energy choices, and pollution.

Students will maintain a research level Laboratory Notebook throughout the course documenting their research and laboratory experiences. Issue analysis and experimental design will be highlighted as students develop and conduct environmental investigations. In addition, students will explore connections between the Environmental Science Issues lessons, Supervised Agricultural Experience, and FFA components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

CASE curriculum and laboratory instructions are NOT included in this kit and are only available through course certification at a CASE Institute.

CASE Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA)

CASE MSA

These materials support the Mechanical Systems in Agriculture course by CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education).

Mechanical Systems in Agriculture is the specialization-level course designed to provide rigorous applications in the agricultural engineering field. Throughout the course, students apply technical skill while becoming competent in the process used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment.

Take a look at some of our Agriculture Bundle Packages. All agriculture activities come with student sheets and teacher guides. 

Plant & Food Science

Genetics

GENETICS BUNDLE 1 
Kit #AG-S01

GENETICS BUNDLE 2 
Kit #AG-S02

Natural Resources

Agricultural Engineering

Supporting Agriscience Education

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Professional Development Partner with NAAE

Lab-Aids has been a professional development partner of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) since 2005.  Our kits, curriculum, and approaches to professional development have been important elements of the National Agricultural Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA), a premier program of NAAE, since its inception.  We  we received the 2010 DuPont Educational Partner of the Year in part due to our work on the NATAA program.  We can design short- and long-term professional development workshops to support the use of inquiry teaching and learning techniques and put together programs in support of the AFNR Pathways. 

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Our workshops

  • Provide teachers with educational resources and inquiry-based teaching skills to implement science-based activities in the agricultural education classroom.
  • Share lesson plans, laboratory exercises and teaching strategies in order to improve the resources available to teaching agriscience in the state.
  • Incorporate literacy strategies that enhance student learning and tie back to national and state ELA standards.
  • Provide examples of how AFNR, literacy and science education standards naturally fit and enhance existing agricultural education curriculum.
  • Train and influence the next generation and future employees who will advance agricultural sciences to the next level. Our workshop providers are current agriscience teachers and experienced, effective presenters. 

Our mission is to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.  We can provide face-to-face and webinar based training services.

Each of the activities below is available for workshops in personal workshop sampler format with materials and literature, and also in full classroom kit format.

Activity suggestions:  This includes one exploration each in Animal Science, Plant Science, and Ag Mechanics. 

AG PD Workshop

 

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Typical Workshop Costs

Face-to-Face Workshops: The costs for the three hour, face-to-face workshop include all costs for the presenter and associated travel and hotel/meal expenses, and Effects of Soil pH on Hydrangea color workshop sample (above), for up to 30 teachers.  If desired, workshop kits for additional activities can be provided at additional costs as shown. 

Online Workshops:  The basic three hour workshop below is available for $1500.00 for online workshops, where the presenter and teachers connect remotely using Zoom or similar videocast software, and no presenter travel costs are involved.  We would ship the Hydrangea kit sampler to teachers directly so they can use them during the online workshop, and handle the two other workshops using Jamboards or similar simulation software. 

Other activities are available to produce a custom workshop.

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