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Carolina Investigations® for AP® Biology: Origin of Life 8-Station Kit

Item # 747500 Exclusive

Addresses AP® Biology Big Idea 1 and Essential Knowledge 1.D.1 and 1.D.2. Using kit materials, students explore the origin of life by creating coacervates—phospholipid vesicles similar to those created in the laboratory by Alexander Oparin in the 1920s. Extending their new knowledge of coacervate formation and properties, students design an investigation into the various environmental factors affecting coacervate formation and movement. Materials for a class of 32 students working in groups of 4.

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$104.50

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  • Aligned with Big Idea 1 and Essential Knowledge 1.D.1 and 1.D.2
  • Emphasizes Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Simulate the conditions of primeval Earth to create coacervates and explore their lifelike properties.

  • Learn about different scientific models concerning the origin of life
  • Combine organic molecules under specific environmental conditions to create phospholipid vesicles
  • Explore the lifelike properties of coacervates
  • Perform experiments with coacervates that model Oparin’s experiments on the origin of life

Students learn about various scientific models concerning the origin of life and then extend their knowledge through hands-on inquiry exploration. This lab challenges students to explore the origin of life by creating coacervates—phospholipid vesicles similar to those created in the laboratory of Alexander Oparin in the 1920s. Students then design an additional experiment to investigate the impact of various environmental factors on coacervate formation and movement. The 8-Station Kit includes enough materials for a class of 32 students working in groups of 4.

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The 8-Station Kit includes enough materials for a class of 32 students working in groups of 4. The 1-Station Kit includes materials for 1 group of 4 students.

Components Qty Included?
Gum Arabic, 100 g 1 Included
Gelatin, 2 oz 1 Included
Microscope Slides 72 Included
Coverslips 100 Included
Dropping Pipets 16 Included
0.1 M Hydrochloric Acid, 15 mL 8 Included
Culture Tubes 16 Included
Caps 16 Included
Stirring Rods 8 Included
Congo Red, 0.05%, 15 mL 1 Included
Sudan III Fat Stain, 100 mL 1 Included
0.1 M Sodium Hydroxide, 7 mL 1 Included
Methanol, 30 mL 1 Included
Albumin Powder, 29.2 g 1 Included
1 M Sodium Sulfate, 120 mL 1 Included
0.5 M Sucrose, 30 mL 1 Included
pH Paper (3.0-6.0) 2 Included
Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Distilled Water, 1 gal 1 Needed, Not included
Hot Plate 1 Needed, Not included
Beakers, 200 mL 2 Needed, Not included
Scale (measuring to 0.1 g) 1 Needed, Not included
Weigh Boats 2 Needed, Not included
Lab Spoons 2 Needed, Not included
Graduated Cylinders (measuring to 10 mL) 16 Needed, Not included
Compound Microscopes 8 Needed, Not included
Test Tube Racks 8 Needed, Not included
Rulers 8 Needed, Not included
Hot Water Bath (option for inquiry activity) Needed, Not included
Ice Water Bath (option for inquiry activity) Needed, Not included
Thermometers (option for inquiry activity) Needed, Not included
Carolina Investigations® for AP® Biology: Origin of Life 8-Station Kit 4 5 2 2
Ordered with reservations, but worked great! Let me start off by saying I was VERY worried about purchasing this kit. The last thing I wanted was for an "origin of life" lab to not work correctly, then deal with a barrage of "I told you so's" from students regarding evolution and the origin of life. However, I must say this kit worked better than I could have hoped for. My students were amazed at how easy coacervate formation was, and it really got them discussing the content. I would recommend this to anyone! November 3, 2014
Great when it works but does not always work I have done this lab for 3 years now. Every year, it is hit or miss whether or not the coacervates will form. Yesterday, despite fresh reagents prepared the day before, it did not work for any of my students. I am trying upping the concentration of gelatin to 1.75 g/150 mL of water. When it has worked, we have gotten good results, but we have never gotten a test tube that looked like the one shown in the instruction manual. October 2, 2013
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With the current AP® Biology curriculum, you are no longer limited to 12 prescribed labs in your classroom—meaning you can now teach the course using labs that fit your classroom and student interests.


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Carolina is proud to be the only supplier with unique kits and activities that are exclusively designed for the new AP® curriculum. Our Carolina Investigations® series is specifically aligned to the Big Ideas and Science Practices and was built from the ground up with the help of expert AP® teachers.


Inquiry made simple

Focused on making inquiry easier in your classroom, Carolina Investigations® kits feature activities that allow students to take a guided approach to inquiry while building their Science Practices and connecting the Big Ideas. These kits offer an initial skill-building activity that features a more traditional classroom approach. This is followed by a secondary investigation using a unique experimental design template to help guide those student-driven, inquiry-based learning opportunities.




Carolina Investigations® for AP® Biology
Catalog No. Kit Title Science Practices Big Idea 1 Big Idea 2 Big Idea 3 Big Idea 4
747500 Origin of Life 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6      
747510 Population Genetics and Evolution 2, 3, 4, 5, 7      
747520 Natural Selection 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7      
747600 Cell Respiration 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7      
747610 Transpiration 1, 2, 4, 6, 7    
747620 Physiology of the Circulatory System 1, 2, 3, 6      
747700 Animal Behavior 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  
747710 Electrophoresis and Simulated Genetic Screen 1, 3, 5, 6, 7      
747720 Exploring Mendelian Genetics 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7      
747730 Transformation 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7    
747740 Cell Communication 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7    
747800 Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis 1, 2, 3, 6, 7    
747810 Species Interaction 3, 5, 6, 7      
747820 Evolving Enzymes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
181079 Primary Consumer Energy Flow 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7      


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In addition to the Carolina Investigations® series, Carolina is proud to offer teachers the flexibility to use a variety of options in their classroom including:


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