About the Program


Captivating Science Education

“Bio-Rad products have made learning Biotechnology fun and accessible to students.”

Adrienne Fong
Hiram Johnson
High School

It takes a village! As if shrinking school budgets and the fast pace of scientific discovery weren’t enough, add in the Next Generation Science Standards, Advanced Placement redesign, and the economic imperative to develop a pipeline of students ready for STEM careers. The good news is, all of these changes point to students developing the skills needed to compete in the 21st century. As a company that develops and manufactures instruments and reagents for the life science industry, research methods and engineering practices are part of our DNA. Bio-Rad believes that the biotechnology industry should play an integral role in supporting education by helping to develop today’s students as tomorrow’s scientists, problem solvers, and leaders. We focus on providing teachers with the best resources possible so you can focus on what you do best — teach!

The Bio-Rad Explorer Program not only provides classroom materials and curricula but also support for teachers just like you — including professional development opportunities, teaching resources, and access to the Explorer Community, where you can make connections with other teachers and scientists, find collaborative opportunities, and contribute to shared resources made by teachers for teachers.

Bio-Rad Explorer Kits and Curricula

The Bio-Rad Explorer Kit Curriculum Manuals have long set the standard for in-depth teacher background and preparation information with easy-to-implement student lab protocols and inquiry guides. In our lab textbook, Biotechnology: A Laboratory Skills Course, educators are provided with a comprehensive solution for implementing core labs using a skills-based approach. Biotechnology may seem like a science with a very specialized set of techniques and concepts. The reality, however, is that molecular biology and biotechnology skills and concepts are now integrated into all life science disciplines. Biotechnology actually provides a toolkit for exploration in multiple subject areas from basic biology to ecology, biomedical sciences, and agriculture.

BioRad’s Bio-Rad Explorer Kits are designed by teachers and scientists to integrate real-world biology topics and effective pedagogical practices. These kits provide hands-on activities that will inspire curiosity in your students, infuse inquiry into your lesson plans, and introduce innovation into your classroom.

“The kits are so well organized, easy to use, and self-contained, which allows my classes to do many more interesting investigations than would be possible without Bio-Rad as a resource.”

Kristine Corolis Ridley College, St. Catharines, ON, Canada

Partners in Education

Several organizations have developed curricula based on Bio-Rad’s robust kits and textbook. Visit the Explorer Community — Partners in Education page for more information regarding these specialized programs, including:

Teacher Professional Development

We can help you! Keep current with the latest life science advances and discoveries, align with education standards, and maximize student achievement. Bio-Rad’s curriculum training specialists work with educators to help provide engaging and inquiry-based life science education in ways that align with curriculum and skills development goals. Join us at national, regional, and local science education conferences for hands-on experience, or contact us at bio-rad_explorer@bio-rad.com for on-site professional development — designed to fit your needs and surpass your expectations.

“My interaction with Bio-Rad's technical support specialist was just wonderful! This is one reason why Bio-Rad is my number one favorite science supply company. I wish the others were even a fraction as good as Bio-Rad!”

Janet Hamilton
Shenandoah Valley
Governor's School
Fishersville, Virginia

Teaching Resources and Support

Looking for classroom-ready resources and materials to prepare you for new techniques and content? Check out our new Explorer Community online to access a host of free resources, including curriculum and skills development goals. Join us at national, regional, and local science education conferences for hands-on experience, or contact us at bio-rad_explorer@bio-rad.com for on-site professional development — designed to fit your needs and surpass your expectations.

You don’t have to do it alone. All Explorer kits and products come with Bio-Rad’s outstanding support services. Whether you need help choosing an Explorer Kit, preparing for your lab, or just want to give us feedback, we are here when you need us.


Collaboration with other education suppliers and organizations that share our vision of providing the best experiences for science education enriches the options and support for all. To enhance our mission, the Biotechnology Explorer program partners with a number of organizations that exemplify our values:

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