RSRC Laboratory


The Regional Science Resource Center Laboratory is a fully equipped state-of the-art laboratory capable of supporting scientific explorations for up to 24 students. The programs at the laboratory provide professional development opportunities for teachers and gives them access to explore scientific concepts compatible with the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks and the National Science Standards. 

We encourage teachers to bring classes to the lab to perform experiments with the support of the RSRC staff, to practice a technique, to troubleshoot an experiment or borrow supplies, equipment and instructional materials from the science loan program.  Students who want to pursue independent research projects may also use the RSRC laboratory. 


Inquiry-Based Activities:



Middle School

Isolating DNA from an Onion 

Introduction to Gel Electrophoresis 

Diagnosis of a Genetic Disease Using Gel Electrophoresis 

High School

Diagnosis of a Genetic Disease Using Gel Electrophoresis

DNA Fingerprinting—“Who Robbed Sharfmans?” 

Bradford Assay for Protein Quantification

AP High School

Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA by Gel Electrophoresis 

Transformation of Bacterial Cells  


For additional information or to borrow materials for your class:


call 508-856-1529 or email 
karin.lebeau@umassmed.edu