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Purdue University HS/MS Learning Experiences

These are a collection of virtual labs and resources created in collaboration with Purdue University K-12 Outreach. 


Resource Page: Radioactivity and Half-Life 

This page has background information, virtual lessons, lesson plans, and many resources to help you teach about Radioactivity and Half-Life.


Virtual Lab: From Microbes to Medicines

In this virtual laboratory, you will get to explore the bacteria that live in your own backyard. You will gather soil, isolate the bacteria that live in your soil, and determine whether your bacteria can kill your lab partner’s bacteria! If you are lucky, you might even discover bacteria that make novel antibiotics!


Virtual Lab: Determination of Available Fe in Fresh Water Sample

In this virtual laboratory, students will determine the total concentration of free iron in freshwater and/or municipal drinking water via visible absorption spectrophotometry. 


Virtual Lab: Separation and Spectroscopic Characterization of Caffeine from Coffee Samples


In this laboratory, students will see how to isolate caffeine from a cup of coffee and use spectroscopy to measure the amount of caffeine present. 


Virtual Lab: Ecology All Around Us


Biodiversity isn't just something that exists far away - like all living things, you exist within a particular environment that shapes you even as you shape it. In this lab, we'll look at the biological diversity of plants and animals in our own backyards, see how that compares to different kinds of habitats, and look into the historical ecology of our hometowns: the long-term impacts that human societies have on their local surroundings. This lab will involve collecting lists of different species and creating maps of our own histories.

Virtual Lab: The Phosphate Assay 

In progress


Hands-on lab experiences for middle and high school classes

Looking for an on-campus lab experience for Middle School and High School non-AP classes? Purdue University College of Science K-12 Outreach is excited to offer programs that allow teachers to bring classes to the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus for labs led by K-12 Outreach Coordinators.


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