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Item #: FB2578 

Price: $177.77

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With this kit, students use premade algae beads to explore photosynthesis and cellular respiration and focus on learning quantitative data collection and experimental design. This kit is designed to make students think through scientific discovery and includes 3 pre-lab activities and 6 inquiry investigations.

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Bio-Rad Item No.: 17001238EDU

The Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Kit for AP Biology is a fun, easy to use, and more reliable alternative to the leaf disk and microrespirometer labs. Students can simultaneously explore both photosynthesis and cellular respiration using the same organism (an alga) in a simple colorimetric assay to yield qualitative and/or quantitative results.

This kit aligns directly with AP Biology Big Idea 2 and connects to concepts in Big Ideas 1 and 4. The student and instructor manuals are designed to give teachers the flexibility to conduct the labs as structured, guided and/or open inquiry investigations.

Pkg of 1, 170 algae beads, 50 ml 10x CO2 indicator, 20 ml debeading solution, 100 disposable cuvettes (with caps), 60 disposable plastic transfer pipets, and indicator color guides for 32 students, inquiry-driven curriculum, education use only.


Please note that, though some items may be shipped at ambient temperatures to reduce shipping costs, some items are to be stored refrigerated or frozen upon receipt to ensure longevity. 

Please store some components at 4°C or –20°C as indicated.


Features and Benefits

The Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Kit is a ThINQ!™ Investigation, designed to make students think through scientific discovery. This kit contains curriculum and sufficient materials for eight student workstations to complete the following activities:

  • 3 pre-lab activities — to review concepts and help students make cross-connections
  • 6 inquiry investigations:
    • 2 structured inquiry investigations — to familiarize students with the core experiment and use of the scientific method
    • 4 open/guided inquiry investigations — to lead students through asking scientific questions, designing experiments, and analyzing results
  • 1 AP-style post-lab assessment question — to test student learning
  • 1 science case study — to apply student knowledge in real-world science scenarios

The Instructor's Guide gives you the tools to lead your class through multiple levels of inquiry:

  • Teachable moment suggestions to help your students through the inquiry process
  • Sample experimental designs and results for the inquiry investigations
  • Tips and tricks suggested by teachers and scientists to help you save time, conserve supplies, and avoid common mistakes
  • Answer key to the student manual (Science Case Study, Post-Lab Assessment, ThINQ! and Focus Questions)
  • Alignment with the 2012 AP curriculum (essential knowledge, learning objectives, and science practices) to cover AP Big Idea 2 and cross-cut to Big Ideas 1 and 4

Use Bio-Rad's free teaching resources to enhance your students' learning experience with the Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Kit.