Biology Laboratory Experiments

There are a variety of activities for Biology. You can find some of our more commonly requested activities below the request forms on this page, or you can view our up-to-date list of all activities.

Commonly Requested Activities for Biology

Cell Cycle

Students use our digital microscopes to view and identify the stages of the cell cycle in onion and whitefish cells

Using Digital Microscopes

Motic digital microscopeMotic digital microscope

Cellular Respiration

Students measure the cellular respiration of crickets, peas, and parsley using Vernier CO2 probes

Climate Change

There are five components to this activity – you can do any or all: CO2 levels, albedo, water vapor, cloud cover, sunlight intensity. Please see our full list of activities for further descriptions.

Enzyme (catalase) lab

Students measure the rate of the catalase enzymatic activity using gas pressure sensor under various conditions (concentrations, pH, temperature)

Evidence of Evolution

Students learn about evolution by studying fossils, comparing the anatomy of different organisms, comparing the stages of embryonic development in mammalian species and chick embryos, comparing blood sera of different species, and comparing DNA sequences of primates

Faces / Forensic art

Students act as “eyewitnesses” and use a forensic art program to draw faces of suspects

Gel electrophoresis: An introduction using food coloring

Students pour their own gels, load the gels with food coloring solutions, run the gels, and analyze the results

Gel Electrophoresis ChamberGel Electrophoresis Chamber

Protein Identification through immunoassay

Students use an immunoassay to show how forensic scientists can determine if blood on a bumper is from a human or another animal

Rewiring the Brain

 Students discover the plasticity of the brain in this activity.  They use special goggles while attempting to pitch bean bags at a target to investigate how the brain adapts to changing sensory cues

Sherlock Bones

Students study properties of bones to determine sex, race, height and age


Student Data Sheet

Student Data Sheet - Short Form


Spheros are paired with a Kindle Fire (provided) through the SpheroEdu app. Beginners can draw a path for the Sphero robot to follow, intermediate users can drag and drop blocks of code, and advanced users can write text programs using JavaScript. Provide your own activities, or use one of the SpheroEdu prepared modules aligned to NGSS, CCSS, and various state standards.

Contact Science In Motion staff for more information.