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A Day in the Life: Exploring Biomanufacturing Careers

Activity 2: Pre Lab: Producing a Quality Product

Materials Needed

Producing a Quality Product Equipment and materials for students

Equipment and notes Quantity per group (recommend 2-4)
□ 500-2000 mL pitcher 1
□ Long Handled mixing spoon 1
□ 1000 mL beaker 1
□ Kool-Aid mix 1.2 g
□ Granulated sugar 60 g
□ water 500 mL
□ scale 1
□ 8-12 oz disposable cups 1 per group member
□ ice (optional) ½ cup per group member
□ Weigh boats 2

Preparation instructions

Gather the student equipment and materials for the activity. The teacher may want to have an area designated in the classroom for equipment pick up and another area for measuring and weighing materials. Or, all needed materials could be placed on trays for each group to collect.

Class Demonstration

If the students are not familiar with using scales and balances and weigh boats, conduct a demonstration on their proper use.

Point out the location of the materials and supplies if they will be collected by the students.

Pre Lab Definitions

Introduce the concepts of Standard Operating Procedures and Batch Records using the Biomanufacturing Power Point. The Power Point includes slides that will allow the teacher to show the proper way to complete a batch record document.

The teacher can then have students practice following a standard operating procedure by completing a batch record document using the pre lab activity “Producing a Quality Product.” This activity will have students follow instructions for making a batch of Kool-Aid, using a Standard Operating Procedure document.

As an alternate activity, the teacher may wish to follow the lesson in the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) publication titled Mapping Your Future: Exploring Careers in Biomanufacturing. The activity titled “Say what you do” and “Do what you say” requires students to work in groups to develop a procedure to make a batch of Kool-Aid. The second part of the activity has each group test another group’s procedure while the class observes. As each procedure is tested, the class will identify problems and suggest revisions.