Lab Project Protocols

Electrophoresis exploration (PDF) »

Explore the principles of electrophoresis, an important technique used in biotechnology labs, particularly in recombinant DNA technology work.

This lab originated in 1991 with The Gene Connection, and was revised in 1994 by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 

Separation of molecules (PDF) »

Separate dye molecules using agarose gel electrophoresis. Developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Science Camps

We have developed several new science camp topics that may be of interest to your students. These camps have been tested in after school and summer science camps with great success.

The astrobiology quest

Help your students unfold the mystery about the Martian Mummies! What did they look like? How were they related? What did they eat? Astrobiology is science on the edge of extremes.

It's a dog's life

Someone's trying to poison Dooley the Dog and it's up to the student scientists to find such a hard-hearted fiend! This forensic camp looks at "crime" evidence to determine the guilty party.


Funding Resources

Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers »

A total of 50 large grants of up to $10,000 each, along with 20 to 30 mini-grants of up to $2,500 each, will be awarded. Categories include environmental science, integrating literacy and science, and physical science. Deadline: January 18, 2010.  

National Education Association Foundation »

Now accepting applications for $2,000 and $5,000 grants. Deadlines: October 15, 2009; February 1, 2010; and June 1, 2010.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics »

Several grants are available; deadlines vary with the grant program but several are due November 13.  Funds support professional development and content creation among other possibilities.  There is also a "tips" link to help with writing proposals.

National Science Foundation »

Funding information and a searchable database, as well as guides for submission.

US Department of Education »

Grants generally have a short timeline, so keep checking for up-to-date funding information.

Teachers Count »

Use the right navigation bar to explore funding opportunities for professional development, the classroom, and more.

Washington Science Teachers Association »

 Regularly updates a list of funding resources.

Useful Websites

Mathematical Association of America »

Some areas of this site require membership, but it contains plenty for non-members. Older students will benefit from this site, especially the section for students.

Math on the Web »

Useful if you know what you are looking for.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics »

Specifics for professional development.

National Science Teachers Association »

A rich site for science resources. Take time to visit the NSTA Learning Center, which focuses on professional development.


A standards-based resource bank of science performance assessment tasks, indexed via the National Science Education Standards and other frameworks.


Science and nature websites, with pages for both teachers and students.

ProQuest K–12 »

Digital teaching and learning solutions for K-12 schoos and libraries.

Science Daily »

Information about the latest research. More appropriate for older students who have a broader understanding of science concepts and connections.


Contains hundreds of lessons for biology, chemistry, physics, and math.

Teacher Tap »

For all ages and a number of disciplines. An invaluable resource using technology in the classroom.

Teachers' Domain »

Multimedia resources for classroom and career. Requires free registration.

Teachers@Work »

Free, high-quality resources for educators.

TI Education Technology »

Lesson plans, activities, professional development, funding, and research.

Teachers' Place »

Excellent resources for teaching math at all levels; a site built for and by teachers.

Teaching the Process of Science »

Addresses practical teaching questions like "what is the process of science," "why should I teach it," and "how do I teach it." Includes how-to examples and resources for integrating the process of science into teaching at all levels, using different techniques.

Washington Science Teachers Association »

Rich in resources with a local emphasis.


We recently discovered this National Science Teachers Association website with hundreds of curricula sites and suggestions for teachers, and they are all free.  The list of sites is long but there are good descriptions of each one and a search engine to help your search go faster.  This website is worth a visit, even if you are not looking for anything in particular.

Freebies for Science Teachers »

Access Excellence »

Annenberg Media's Learner.org »

Media projects for your classroom and career development opportunities for you. Multiple academic subjects.

Education.com »

Activities, games, and age-appropriate ideas for science and other subjects.

Education World »

Lesson planning, technology integration, and professional development. Rich in web resources.

Exploring Genetics »

Resources for understanding the Human Genome Project, including workbooks, glossaries, visual aids, chromosome viewers, and more.

HippoCampus »

Full of activities and interactive media for many high school and college subjects. A rich teaching resource.

KidSites.com »

A guide to safe and appropriate websites for students. Some of the listed sites are better than others.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics »

An excellent resource for whatever kind of content support you need.

National Health Museum (Access Excellence) »

A must-use site for biology and health-related teachers. Its extensive resources include high-quality diagrams for high school and college science courses.

Northwest Association for Biomedical Research »

Workshops, lessons, essay contests, speaker's bureau, and more.

Teachers' Domain »

Multimedia resources for classroom and career. Requires free registration.

Teachers.net »

Over 4000 lesson plans and ideas submitted by teachers. Browse by category or grade level; search by keyword.

Teacher Tap »

For all ages and a number of disciplines.

The Futures Channel »

Teaching with new media. Contains videos useful for introducing subjects or as "fillers."

The Science Spot »

A resource site with everything from science clipart to classroom activities to puzzles and trivia.

Washington Science Teachers Association »

Rich in resources with a local emphasis.

Contact Information

Dr. Sylvia Oliver, Director
WSU Spokane CityLab

Telephone: 509.358.7635
E-mail: olivers@wsu.edu

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1495
Spokane WA 99210-1495

Shipping Address
412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. 
Spokane, WA 99202

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