ThINQ! Kits—Designed for Inquiry-Based Learning
Inquiry-based learning emphasizes the student's role in the learning process. Students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas.
Bio-Rad's ThINQ! investigations offer materials and curricula that help teachers to incorporate an inquiry approach in their classroom. Developed in collaboration with master life science teachers, ThINQ! Investigation Kits guide students through real-world inquiry investigations, encourage them to think like real scientists, and put them at the center of learning.
ThINQ! Investigation Kits
Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Design quantitative experiments to discover how environmental conditions impact both photosynthesis and cellular respiration — with algae beads!
Create models and design qualitative experiments with algae beads to explore photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
pGLO Bacterial Transformation
Investigate the functional elements of pGLO bacterial transformation, including heat shock, antibiotic selection, promoters, and satellite colony formation.
Enzymes and ELISA
Connect mushroom ecology and enzyme activity as students assume the role of bioengineer to optimize the function of cellobiase for biofuel production.
Explore reproductive endocrinology in the context of giant panda conservation. Design hormone assays to monitor fertility using the power of ELISA.
About Inquiry-Based Learning
Inquiry-based instruction is a powerful yet flexible pedagogical strategy that empowers students to think more like scientists. Download this poster and see how Bio-Rad's ThINQ! line of kits empower inquiry in your classroom.
What do inquiry-based learning practices look like on the ground? Visit a high school in Southern California and find out about this new approach to teaching science. (Bioradiations 2015)
A look inside Julianne Zedalis’ classroom at The Bishop’s School in San Diego, CA, gives a glimpse of how a master teacher implements inquiry in her classroom.