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The Twelve AP Biology Labs: Information and Tips

by Carolyn Schofield Bronston
Robert E. Lee High School
Tyler, Texas

Since 1989, there have been 12 laboratories -- lovingly nicknamed "The Dirty Dozen"-- that are "suggested" curricula for AP Biology classes. They "span the globe" in their topics and their techniques: from a behavior lab involving detailed visual observations to a biotechnology lab involving electrophoresis equipment with an extensive protocol. The AP Biology Laboratory Manual for Students and the companion guide for teachers do a good job of explaining the setup and troubleshooting problems, but there are always questions. Also, veteran teachers have often found new ways to save time, use less expensive materials, or completely change the design while still providing an excellent and effective lab experience for their students. Many of these labs lend themselves to use of probes and computers. Teachers may find these collected comments and ideas from the AP Biology EDG helpful in their quest to make scientific experimentation the most positive experience possible for their students.

The full labs are available for purchase at the College Board store:
  The AP Biology Lab Manual for Students
  The AP Biology Lab Manual for Teachers

Included here are tips for each lab:

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