Electronic Pipettes for IB and AP Biology
Wilbur Tong/Ruth Hamilton/Dan Witte
DHS science students experience authentic laboratory techniques through the use of electronic pipettes while doing lab work at DHS.
The pipette is to a scientist, what the pen is to a writer. It is an instrument that is used daily and routinely in biological labs. Pipettes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and with a variety of different technologies incorporated into the design. One of the most significant advances in pipetting technology was the advent of electronic pipettes, which have revolutionized liquid handling in the modern lab. Electronic pipettes provide high accuracy and precision in the lab for measuring and dispensing volumes of liquids. Additionally, they are easy to use, and are efficient and time-saving for scientists. Currently, students taking advanced science courses (IB and AP Biology, Chemistry) measure liquids using beakers, graduated cylinders, and plastic droppers. Although these tools are functional, they are slow and lack both accuracy and precision. The use of electronic pipettes is the gold standard in modern day research facilities. With this equipment, students will be able to experience authentic laboratory procedures when doing biology and chemistry lab work at Dexter High School.