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Mitochondria in Action—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1823 

Price: $35.24

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In the Mitochondria in Action Laboratory Kit for biology and life science, observe live, functioning mitochondria-right before your eyes. Clearly illustrates that mitochondria are, in fact, the "powerhouses" of the cell.

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Observe live, functioning mitochondria-right before your eyes! Typical staining procedures destroy functioning organelles. However, using the specialized stain included in this kit allows students to vividly see mitochondria breaking down sugar. Color change is easily viewed as the dye-sugar mixture is oxidized by mitochondria. Repeat the process several times by adding dye solution to the slide. Clearly illustrates that mitochondria are, in fact, the “powerhouses” of the cell!

Enough materials provided for 30 students working in pairs. Fresh celery and microscopes are necessary for this activity but not provided. This is an advanced microscopy kit. Celery must be as fresh as possible for best results. 100X oil immersion is needed to view mitochondria. 


Materials Included in Kit: 
Janus green B stain, 0.01%, 30 mL, 2
Sodium bisulfite solution, 5%, 30 mL, 2
Sucrose solutuion, 3.5%, 30 mL, 2
Cover slips, plastic, 18 mm x 18 mm, pkg/100
Microscope slides, 15
Razor blades, single edge, 15

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells
MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
HS-LS1-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
HS-LS1-7. Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed, resulting in a net transfer of energy.