Hands-on Biotech

Temporarily Closed


Hands-on Biotech: Located downstairs on C level

Explore the cutting-edge field of biotechnology and learn to use the tools of the trade!

Hands-on Biotech will temporarily close soon for the summer. Visit Biotech Beach on the A-level starting Wednesday, May 22!

Zoom in on Life

Hands-on Biotech focuses on discovering the microscopic worlds inside all living things and sparking curiosity about how life’s processes can help us answer questions and solve problems. Discover how this field of science can show up in your day-to-day life. Learn to use scientific tools like pipettes and microscopes as you explore biotechnology!


Featured Activity: Pipetting Rainbows

Learn to use the tools of the trade and make a rainbow of colors! Mix colorful liquids using a pipette, a tool scientists use daily to precisely and carefully measure, move, and mix liquids.

Algae Bioreactors

See a working set of DIY bioreactors using different species and colors of algae. Bioreactors are containers that scientists and engineers use to provide just the right conditions for microbes to live and to produce substances like fuels and medicines.

Cell Factory

Design new pathways for balls to travel through a pinball-esque maze. This game will introduce you to how scientists are reprogramming cells to make products like biofuels and anti-cancer medicines.

Magnifying Shapes

Use robust and easy-to-use microscopes to investigate things up close, like plant parts, animal fur, feathers, and even your own skin. Do different things look the same up close? Do you think any of the small shapes you see have a function?

The Ribosome

Discover the tiny factories inside all our cells, called ribosomes. Learn how these tiny molecular machines manufacture essential parts of our cells. This activity is brought to us through a partnership with the Bradbury Science Museum of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Inspire and prepare the next generation of citizens and scientists for the world of possibilities that biotechnology offers. Gifts to this fund support the design of a wide range of learning and discovery tools for visitors of all ages, including materials found in typical biotech research labs, such as microbial culture, genetic engineering, and DNA analysis equipment and supplies. Curriculum developers and educators are able to use the space to research effective and scalable biotech learning experiences.

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